Marriage » Same Sex Marriage Marriage- Marriage Counseling, Same Sex Marriage, Marriage License, Common Law, Vital Records Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:06:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 3 Things You Must Know about Homosexual Marriage Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:02:26 +0000

Homosexual marriage – albeit a controversial topic of discussion – is legal in a number of locations both within the United States, as well as outside of it. Furthermore, there exist varying degrees of marriage-recognition depending on the state in which the same-sex couple resides.


Homosexual Marriage Laws in the United States

1.       Same-sex couples are permitted to be legally wed in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.


2.       Although homosexual marriages cannot be performed legally within California, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C., legal homosexual marriages performed in recognized states and countries are recognized as legal marriages by state legislature.


3.       Only homosexual marriages that were performed within the state of California between June of 2008 and November of 2008 are legally recognized by the state of California; any homosexual marriage performed subsequent to November 2008 is not recognized according to California’s homosexual marriage laws. 

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Support Gay Rights Through an LGBT Youth Organizations Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:01:58 +0000
For some individuals, especially young individuals, accepting their sexual orientation may be challenging. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth often experience prejudice and discrimination. A variety of LGBT organizations have been established to help LGBT youth and adult cope with the adversity and complications that they may face. There are many different LGBT organizations, operating in locations throughout the country. 

The International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth Student Organization is an international organization comprised of young individuals who seek to improve promote human rights and improve conditions for LGBT youth, through education. Other LGBT organizations include the National Youth Advocacy Coalition and the LGBT Youth Line. In addition, most major cities and many municipalities maintain LGBT youth programs, such as the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth and the Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals. 

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Issues About Same Sex Marriage Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:01:07 +0000
Same sex marriage rights have been a very controversial issue in both political and religious circles. While same sex marriage is seen in early history, the debate for gay marriage rights has become a very heated debate. Same sex marriages were first legalized in the Netherlands and Massachusetts was the first US state to allow for legally legally recognized same sex marriages. 
In fact, less than ten countries or US states recognize same sex marriage. Many religious leaders continue to speak out in staunch opposition to conferring marriage rights to same sex couples. In fact the Catholic church is still very much opposed to same sex marriages. In addition, conservatives are opponents of defining same sex relationships as marriages. However, Democrats generally support same sex marriages, domestic partnerships or civil unions. 
Many opponents of gay marriage are also against same sex couples raising children. In fact, the opposition generally quotes outdated studies that show detrimental effects on children raised by same sex couples. However, recent studies suggest that children raised by same sex couples, are likely to grow up to be well adjusted and happy individuals. The opposition to LGBT rights, can be extremely detrimental to individuals and to society as a whole. 
For instance, same sex couples that are not able to wed, are more likely to suffer from sexually transmitted diseases, depression and suicidal tendencies.  In contrast, same sex couples that are able to wed, enjoy better over all health and well being and are able to contribute to society in a productive manner.
The debate about same sex marriage rights, has greatly effected the political and social climate in this country. In fact, members of the LGBT community have become extremely active in political forums.  Many politicians have declined to offer opinions on allowing or prohibiting gay marriage or adoption. In fact, politicians often fail to take a stance on the subject because of the attached controversy. 
However, states like Florida have explicitly denied gay adoption rights, in part because same sex couples are legally forbidden from marrying in the state. Again, studies suggest that children raised by same sex couples, become productive members of society and suffer no ill effects from being raised by same sex couples. In America, around sixty percent of citizens are supportive of some type of legal recognition of the relationship between same sex couples. 
In general however, many people believe that marriage should continue to be defined as a unique union of one man and one woman. However, most people believe that couples in domestic partnerships or civil unions, should be entitled to the same rights and responsibilities generally conferred on marriages.  In fact, trends suggest much greater support for the rights of the LGBT community, including the ability to criminally prosecute individuals that commit hate crimes against people based on sexual orientation or gender association. However, transsexuals and transgender individuals are currently offered the least protection from discrimination and hate crimes. In fact, most states offer no legal recourse for such actions. 
Yet, many transsexuals and transgender individuals have been able to get married, due to loopholes in laws that do not state at which point an individual must be of a certain gender. Lawmakers have begun to address issue of discrimination, hate crimes and rights for the LGBT community, including the right to have their relationship legally recognized. 
Some states have recently legalized same sex weddings in addition to passing hate crime and discrimination legislation that includes criminal penalties for those that break the law. However, other states have passed legislation that explicitly bans legal recognition for any same sex relationships in addition to preventing the passage of legislation that prohibits discrimination or hate crimes against the LGBT community.
In addition, other countries have begun to address issues that effect the LGBT community. In fact, same sex couples have recently been allowed to be legally married in  Mexico. In addition, transgender individuals are allowed to marry in Singapore as long as the couple is opposite sex. In contrast, some countries have passed laws that explicitly forbid same sex marriage.  It appears that the Federal government in this country will be forced to address all of these issues on a national level. 
In fact, they will either have to prohibit or allow legal same sex marriages, in order to avoid the continued nationwide conflict on the subject. Currently, states have the power to decide the issues for themselves. While some states enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, others have not explicitly forbidden the legal recognition of same sex marriage, but they have also not allowed it as of yet. Politics has a lot to do with each state's stance on same sex marriage. Generally, lawmakers in conservative states, push for the enactment of DOMA, as well as further laws that prohibit the legal recognition of same sex marriage.
In addition, many churches have taken an active stance against LGBT rights including the right to recognize any relationship between same sex couples. While Liberal states often enact laws that protect the rights of the LGBT community, including the right to marry. In addition, there are currently many reform movements that seek to enact progressive, but steady change in the LGBT movement. For example, the Jewish Reform movement has recognized the rights of the LGBT community, including the right to marry. Reform movements have been effective in bringing attention to the many issues that effect the LGBT community.

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The Must Read Guide to Same Sex Marriage Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:01:07 +0000

Same sex marriage is currently legal in approximately 12 countries. In addition, same sex marriage is legally recognized in five states and in the District of Columbia. The reason the numbers remain approximate is because of the frequent change in legality. For example, same sex marriage was legal briefly in California, and then the law was overturned making same sex marriage illegal. While same sex couples can enter into a domestic partnership in California, they can not longer enter into a same sex marriage. 
Also, within six months, Maine legalized and prohibited same sex marriage rights. In addition, there are recent legalization's of same sex marriage, such as Mexico. Mexico, a predominately Catholic country, recently legalized same sex marriage and has conferred all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage onto those relationships. Same sex marriage has been around since recorded history. 
In fact, there are many instances of recognized same sex marriages among royalty throughout history. However, the battle for legal recognition for same sex marriage is more of a recent phenomenon. In fact, the first instances of same sex couples attempting to get marriage licenses in the United States, are said to have taken place in the 1960's. However, the couples were denied the right to marry. In addition, same sex couples were only recently allowed any form of legal recognition of their relationship, including civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Same sex marriages are seen throughout history. In fact, ancient history offers examples of widely accepted gay marriages. There are even examples of emperors and royalty taking part in same sex marriages. In fact, ceremonies were often open to the public. While royalty often married slaves, there seemed to be little social opposition to the practice of same sex marriage. While same sex marriages were widely seen throughout history, there has been very recent opposition to gay marriage rights in recent history. 
In the early sixties, many members of the LGBT community, attempted to get marriage license and all were denied. The first legal same sex marriage in the United States, did not place until 2004. While many same sex couples in the United States had requested marriage licenses, all were denied until February 2004.  Before that time, same sex couples were sometimes able to enter into legal domestic partnerships or same sex unions. However, none were able to legally get married in the United States. Recently, same sex marriage has become legalized in more states and countries worldwide.

Current Legality: 

Gay marriage is currently legal in several countries, in five US states and the District of Columbia in the United States. While Mexico recently legalized gay marriage, the Netherlands was the first to legally recognize gay marriage.  However, the prevalence of legal, same sex marriage changes frequently as laws are often repealed by both supporters, and those in opposition of gay marriage. For instance, the District of Columbia stared to legally recognize gay marriage just this month. In addition, gay marriage became legal in Mexico this month.
In some cases, those in opposition of gay marriage, will challenge the legality of gay marriage in those places. In addition, the laws will sometimes be overturned. For example, California legally recognized gay marriage at one time. However, the law was quickly repealed, making gay marriages illegal. In that case, weddings that had already taken place were allowed to be recognized. 

However, in some cases, same sex weddings are declared null and void, once gay marriages are prohibited. There is currently legislation on same sex marriage pending worldwide. The outcome of that legislation will depend greatly on public opinion. In addition, pending legal challenges, such as the challenge to proposition 8, will determine the legality of amendments that have already been passed.
The debate about same sex marriage has many arguments included within. Both sides include arguments regarding the morality of same sex relationships. There are many people that oppose gay marriage. In fact, gay marriage is only currently legal in less than 1/5 of states nationwide. There are staunch religious arguments against gay marriage. First, churches claim that a legalization of gay marriage would endanger the sanctity of marriage. In addition, many religious leaders claim that same sex marriage goes against the wishes of God. 
For instance, they claim that the purpose of marriage is to procreate and raise a family. The political controversy associated with gay marriage has far reaching effects. Politicians that are anti gay marriage in conservative states, are likely to have the support of their constituents. However, politicians in liberal states are likely to be pressured to allow at least some form of legal recognition for same sex couples. In fact, California's politicians have always been pressured to provide equal rights for the LGBT community. However, those that are strongly against gay marriage, are also against gay adoption. 
In fact, many people are against gay marriage, in order to prevent gay couples from adopting children. Those opponents of gay adoption, clam that children of gay parents suffer ill effects by being raised by a gay couple. For example, many people claim that children need a male and a female role model in order to be able to enter into society in an effective manner. In addition, opponents of gay marriage claim that children of gay parents, are more likely to be gay themselves. 
The effects of a ban on gay marriage and gay adoption, can be devastating to the LGBT community. The LGBT community begins to feel like second rate citizens because they are not allowed access  to equal rights. In fact, the opposition can take an emotional and psychological toll on same sex couples. In addition, transgender and transsexual individuals are generally offered no legal protection against discrimination of any kind. In essence, that means that they can be denied jobs and housing, and they have no legal recourse. While some states do provide for laws on discrimination based on sexual orientation, many do not. 
Even fewer states offer legal recourse for discrimination based on gender identity. However, the Matthew Shepard Act was recently enacted to provide for legal recourse against individuals that perpetrate hate crimes. Unfortunately, there is no legal recourse against states that forbid the recognition of same sex relationships or prohibit gay adoption. While prohibition is an obvious discriminatory action, states are allowed to decide on gay marriage laws and gay adoption laws on  an individual basis.

Possible Effects of Same-Sex Marriage:

There are many effects on the LGBT community and society as a whole, when same sex marriage rights are legalized or prohibited. In fact, same sex marriage has many positive effects in social and political arenas. For example, same sex marriage has brought much needed attention to gay rights. 
In fact, the gay marriage debate has encouraged states to pass laws protecting the rights of the LGBT community. Also, some members of the LGBT community have been granted access to shared health benefits. Health benefits have a direct effect on the community as a whole, because couples are able to have access to preventative health care, which in the end, saves tax payer money. 
In addition, same sex marriages afford couples the opportunity to start a family by adopting a child or utilizing the services of a surrogate mother.In fact, same sex couples have provided many wonderful homes by adopting or providing foster care for children across the country. There have been many studies done on the effects of same sex marriage on society as a whole. 
However, the most controversial  studies are the ones that show the detrimental effects of a ban on gay marriage. For example, an Emory University study found that states that had legalized gay marriage, experienced a decrease of HIV infection in members of the LGBT community.  
In fact, an increased rate of acceptance for same sex marriage, is correlated with a decrease in sexually transmitted diseases among members of the LGBT community. Like Heterosexual individuals, gay individuals are more likely to be monogamous when they are in a legally recognized marriage. In turn, they are less likely to be exposed to diseases. 
However, the opposition claims that these studies are conducted by researchers with ulterior motives and in fact, can be made to say what ever the researchers wants. In other words, the opposition claims that the studies are not valid.  Yet, many studies have shown a correlation between legalized same sex marriage and increased over all health and well being for members of the LGBT community.

Statistics show that same sex married couples are more likely to stay together than couples that simply live together. In fact, same sex couples that are raising children, are more likely to stay together than heterosexual couples raising children. In addition, there is proof that same sex couples are significantly under-reported in the census. In fact, the census does not allow same sex couples to list themselves as married since the federal government does not recognize same sex marriage. 
Therefore, there are no reliable statistics relating to the number of same sex married couples, or same sex married couples that are raising children. The statistics are probably higher that what has been reported. In addition, heterosexual couples are raising children at a rate that is less than double that of same sex couples raising children. In other words, there are many same sex couples successfully raising children.  
In addition, statistics show that adoptions are completed by same sex couples at a higher percentage rate than opposite sex couples. In fact, same sex couples are more likely to adopt a special needs child. According to recent statistics, around 14,000 foster children are currently being raised by same sex couples. Statistical trends show an increase of societal acceptance for both gay adoption and gay marriage. However, most Americans are still against same sex marriage, while many support domestic unions or civil unions. 


Legislation regarding same sex marriage rights, began when Hawaii legalized same sex marriage. However, Hawaii quickly overturned the legalization of gay marriage. Marriage licenses were never actually issued to same sex couples in Hawaii. However, there was a quick response by other states because of the possibility that gay marriage could be considered legal when one interpreted the state's Constitution. 
Currently, legislation in many US states is also being created in responses to some states legalizing same sex marriage, while other explicitly ban it. In fact, same sex marriage legislation is currently pending worldwide. In general, gay marriage laws change with great frequency. For example, the state of Maine legally allowed and then prohibited gay marriage in less than six months. In general, legislation in the United States tends to ban gay marriage rights. For example, thirty nine states enacted some form of the Defense of Marriage Act, thereby prohibiting gay marriage rights in those states. However, some of those states do offer a legal recognition of domestic partnerships and civil unions. 
In fact legislation usually prohibits the usage of the term marriage, rather then the conferment of rights on same sex relationships. While some states refuse to recognize same sex relationships in any form, others do. Alabama and Florida are just two examples of states that refuse to offer any relationship rights to same sex couples.  However, some states did not adopt the Defense of Marriage Act and confer rights to same sex relationships. Many people believe that DOMA will be repealed on the basis that it discriminates against members of the LGBT community. 
 On the international level, many countries are creating legislation on gay marriage. In fact, many countries have recently legally recognized same sex marriage, domestic partnerships or same sex marriage. However, many countries have also created legislation that explicitly forbids legal recognition of same sex marriage or other same sex relationships .

In the United States, The political debate about gay marriage rights began when Hawaii legalized and then quickly prohibited gay marriage. Hawaii was the first state to take either action. In response to the legalization of gay marriage in Hawaii, many politicians began to take action to be sure that same sex marriage would not be legally recognized in their state. In fact, when Hawaii prohibited gay marriage before any licenses were issued, a worldwide public debate about gay marriage rights would cause quick action by both lawmakers and the LGBT community. 
As states began to enact amendments similar to the Defense of Marriage Act, other states responded by allowing legally recognized civil unions or domestic partnerships. In fact, Massachusetts would be the first state to legalize same sex marriage. Political parties have responded with staunch support or opposition to the same sex marriage debate. While Democrats are generally in favor of gay marriage, Republicans are generally against the legalization of gay marriage. 
However, religious affiliation also plays a part in personal opinions about same sex marriage. While the Jewish and Wicca faiths are generally accepting of LGBT rights, including same sex marriage, others are not. The Catholic and Islamic faiths, take a strong stance against homosexuality and same sex marriage. In fact, both religions view homosexuality as a sin against God and refuse to recognize any rights, religious or otherwise, for same sex couples. 
The Jewish Reform movement, has led the way in accepting members of the LGBT community. In fact, synagogue members are very vocal in their support for gay rights, including the right for legalized same sex marriage. In addition, Jewish congregations now recognize same sex marriages and confer marriage rights upon those couples. 
However, it is up to individual rabbis and congregations as to whether they perform ceremonies of confer marriage rights to the couple. The Jewish reform movement has voiced opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act and there has been many clashes between religious leaders and politicians.

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Are You Out Of the Loop About the Legality of Marriage? Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:01:07 +0000
Gay rights activists are currently fighting for legal recognition of gay marriage. While many places offer some type of recognition for same sex relationships, very few legally recognize gay marriages. In fact, there are still countries that have no form of gay rights, and homosexuality is actually punishable by the death penalty. 
Obviously, countries that impose a legal punishment on people based on sexual orientation, will not offer any legal recognition of same sex relationships. However, countries like Canada and Mexico, now legally recognize gay marriages and offer those relationships the same rights and benefits generally conferred upon marriages. In some locations, gay rights activists are fighting for the most basic rights and in others, progress is very encouraging.
Gay rights activists have been able to push for some legislation regarding gay marriage. In fact, there are currently approximately 12 countries that allow for a legal recognition of gay marriage.  In fact, Mexico recently legalized gay marriage. In addition, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and South Africa are just several places in which gay marriages receive all of the same rights and responsibilities generally conferred upon marriages. 
However, places like Australia only offer legal recognition of domestic partnerships, in which couples are offered limited rights regarding their relationship. In contrast, Belgium and Spain, offer legalized gay marriage and those countries are also likely to offer equal gay rights. In addition, there are countries that will not offer gay marriage licenses, but will recognize a marriage that took place elsewhere. For example, Israel will recognize a gay marriage that was legally performed elsewhere.
Gay rights activists are fighting for equal access to all rights including the legal recognition of gay marriage.In fact, there are currently five states that recognize legal same sex marriages. Currently, same sex couples can legally marry in Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and the District of Columbia. 
Couples in those places can legally marry and enjoy all of the rights and responsibilities associated with marriage. In fact, couples can enjoy all state level benefits. However, same sex marriages are not entitled to any federal benefits because federal law prohibits any form of legal recognition for same sex relationships.
Gay marriages are starting to be more widely accepted, and therefore becoming legally recognized in more places. In addition, same sex couples are now able to enjoy many rights that were otherwise unattainable. For example, married same sex couples can inherit property in the absence of a will. 
In the past, rights like that were not conferred on same sex relationships because of the couples inability to marry. In fact, couples were prohibited from marrying which in turn, prohibited them from enjoying many other rights. However, the worldwide trend seems to be leaning toward equal rights for members of the LGBT community, including the right to marry.

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The History of Same Sex Marriage Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:01:07 +0000
The idea of legal recognition for same-sex marriage, has been around for some time. In fact, same-sex marriage has been around for a long time, without any form of legal recognition. In many cases, couples would have ceremonies to recognize their relationship, in the absence of any legal recognition. While same-sex marriages were not  legally allowed or recognized, couples wished to have their relationships recognized by family and friends. 
In fact, Chinese and European history are full of examples of ceremonies that recognized same-sex marriages. In addition, Roman culture is full of examples of same-sex marriage. For instance, Emperor Nero was married to one of his male slaves in a public ceremony. There are many further examples of ancient same-sex marriage. 
However, more modern history is also full of examples of legally recognized same-sex marriage. In fact, Denmark was the first country to legally recognize same sex relationships in the form of registered, or domestic partnerships in 1989. The Netherlands was the first to legally recognize same-sex marriage.
Ancient history seems to show that same sex relationships were accepted in many cultures. There does not appear to have been any biased or discriminatory behavior towards same sex couples. In fact, many same sex couples would have public ceremonies to recognize their relationship.
In addition, royalty and higher class citizens were often found to be in publicly recognized same sex marriages. In many cases, royalty would marry slaves that were of the same sex. In fact, most historic examples included one higher class partner, marrying a same sex partner of the lower class.
While Denmark was the first country to offer legal recognition for same sex couples, the Netherlands was the first to legally recognize same-sex marriages in 2001. Currently same-sex marriages are legally recognized in at least a portion of  approximately 12 countries worldwide. 
For example, Norway and Sweden offer a legal recognition of same-sex marriages and afford couples the same rights and responsibilities generally conferred only to married couples. In addition Canada defined marriage as a union of two people in 2005. Therefore, same sex-marriage is now legal in Canada as well. Couples are able to enjoy all of the benefits or marriage, including the usage of the term marriage to recognize their relationship.
More recent history shows a slow societal acceptance of same sex relationships. However, the worldwide trend seems to be leaning toward a legal recognition of same-sex marriage. In fact, Mexico is the most recent country to recognize same-sex marriages. 
Mexico is largely populated by Members of the Catholic church and it is generally believed that predominately Catholic countries, tend to avoid legal recognition of same sex relationships. However, Mexico is just one example of a trend toward worldwide acceptance of same-sex marriage. In fact, gay rights are finally becoming a priority in many countries.

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