marriage news has been more prevalently covered by the media. In fact, the LGBT
community has been more widely accepted by society for quite some time.
However, gay marriage facts suggest that state laws are not keeping up with
that trend. Unfortunately, many states still forbid gay marriage. Facts suggest
that this trend may continue for some time.
continue to ban gay marriage. News coverage is slowly helping to change laws
and encourage equality. However, the process is slow, which sometimes
forces LGBT couples to travel to other states to enter into a civil union
or gay marriage. Facts suggest that those marriages are not likely to be
recognized by a large percentage of states in the U.S.
Marriage Amendment in 2006. The amendment passed by 81% of votes. The amendment
was meant to protect the sanctity of marriage as a union between a man and
between a man and woman will be recognized by the state of Alabama, regardless
of whether or not the couple had a license and whether or not it was legally
banned when the couple entered into gay marriage.
opposition to any LGBT relationships are made clear in the amendment. Law
makers worded it in such a way that it bans all unions between same sex
couples, including gay marriage. News trends suggest that this is not an
uncommon practice in the wording of amendments.
not specifically banned according to the language used, it does ban same sex
marriage and civil unions explicitly. In addition, it specifically states that
it only recognizes the unique relationships between a man and a woman, opposing
relationships between same sex couples at least 6 times.
While many people fight for equal rights for everyone, some state laws are
significantly lacking for the allowance of equal rights. For example, Alabama
has no recognition for hate crimes committed against the LGBT community. Not
only do they forbid gay marriage, facts suggest that they are opposed to equal
rights for the LGBT community.
now legal in Alabama, is because of a federal statute that legalized it. The
Sanctity of Marriage Amendment also alludes to the fact that the stability and welfare
of society is jeopardized by gay marriage.
scrutinize states that pass such amendments. Often, the public is only exposed
to this type of news, when there is a large public outcry against such actions.
While many media outlets cover some issues related to gay marriage, news
coverage often excludes the pain associated with couples inability to have
their relationship legally recognized.
laws in Delaware currently oppose gay marriage. However, a bill that would have
banned gay marriage in Delaware was defeated in 2009. Currently, there is
no legal recognition for civil unions or domestic partnerships but there is
also no ban on gay marriage in Delaware.
rights are lagging behind other states and a large percentage of individuals oppose
gay marriage. In fact discrimination against sexual orientation was not illegal
until 2009. Also there are no laws preventing discrimination based on gender
identity, except for government employees.
they do not provide the most basic rights to those in the LGBT community. In
2001, Delaware code finally made hate crimes against a person based on actual
or perceived sexual orientation, a crime. In addition, in 2009 Delaware code
began to legally forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation.
discrimination applied to housing, insurance, employment and other areas.
However, that discrimination did not extend to marriage in Delaware. Gay marriage
is still not not legally recognized. In addition, there are no laws that
prevent hate crimes or discrimination against individuals based on perceived or
actual gender identity unless the individual is a government employee.
act of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Like many
other states, government employees enjoy many rights not afforded to the
protection simply because they are employed by the government. The general
public should be entitled to the same rights and protection, or the government
becomes complacent in furthering discrimination. In some cases, special rights
afforded to government employees can protect the public.
can enter a home without a warrant in order to put out a fire. In that case,
their special rights protect the public. However, when government employees are
entitled to rights and protection, regarding issues of equality, the general
public should also be entitled to those rights. However, in Delaware, gay
rights for the public may follow after those afforded to government employees.
continue to be a large population that will oppose gay marriage. In Delaware,
gay rights must equal those of heterosexual individuals and government
employees, before any steps can be taken towards reaching full equality.
gay marriage, Delaware is itself committing an act of discrimination. In Delaware,
gay rights must be recognized for the general public, just as they are
recognized for government employees and this includes the right to get married.
Alaska finally determined that state and local benefits must also apply to same
sex partners in 2005, they began to allow for some equal rights for same sex
couples. However the courts really began addressing the issue in 1998. In
fact, a judge ruled that there should be equal gay marriage rights and granted
a constitutional right for same sex marriage. However, the decision was stayed
while appeals pended in the State Supreme court.
Court ruled against gay marriage and stated that LGBT couples could not
seek the right to marry due to a 1998 amendment. That amendment ruled against
gay marriage rights and held that LGBT couples had no right to get married or
appreciate the benefits of marriage.
Courts ruled that same-sex partners employed by the government, were
entitled to all benefits granted in marriage and upheld some gay marriage
rights . The road to such benefits, was long and complicated. Hopefully, Alaska
is on the path to provide for equal gay marriage rights.
as long as there was no compelling reason to deny those rights. However,
approximately ten months later, the state’s voters amended the states
constitution to define marriage as a contract between a man and a woman.
addition, Section 25, forbid same sex couples from the benefits of marriage and
ruled against gay marriage. In fact, it stated that no union between same sex
couples, would be recognized by the state, regardless of what state or country
the marriage took place in.
ruled against gay marriage. In addition, no rights regarding domestic
partnerships or civil unions were recognized. Of course that included divorce
and state benefits. If one spouse were ordered to pay spousal support in
another state, and moved to Alaska, they would be relieved of that duty.
same sex partners. Initially, the Supreme court ruled against gay marriage, but
later granted gay marriage rights and awarded the same benefits as those
afforded to marriage to same sex partners of local and state employees.
marriage rights in Alaska are beginning to compare favorable with those of
marriage between a man and a woman. In fact, Alaska may be on the road to
offering gay marriage rights that are in line with those afforded to marriages
between a man and a woman.
While many people have arguments
against gay marriage , the residents of Arizona disagreed with many of those
arguments. Arizona Proposition 107 was supported and proposed by those that
have staunch arguments against gay marriage.
not pass when it was proposed in 2006. If it had passed, the proposition would
have banned gay marriage in Arizona. As it stands now, Arizona does not
officially recognize same sex marriages in their state or those performed
and a woman. However, in 2006, Arizona was the first state that voted down a
proposition that banned gay marriage. In all other cases, similar propositions
have been passed in other states. In 2008, Arizona did pass Proposition
102, which stated that only a union between a man and a woman would be
recognized in that state.
Together Coalition successfully prevented Proposition 107 from becoming legal.
The voters in Arizona voted against the ballot initiative.
have banned gay marriage and all benefits associated with marriage. The gay
marriage debate in Arizona is far from over. While it was a positive step that
voters did not approve of Arizona Proposition 107, Arizona still does not
legally allow or recognize gay marriage.
against gay marriage. Many people believe that it should be called a civil
union or domestic partnership in order to avoid its association with marriage,
which many still clearly define as a union between a man and a woman. In
addition, there are those that are simply against same sex unions, no matter
what they are called.
against gay marriage. In Arizona, the residents seem to be on the middle ground
in the gay marriage debate.
not legalized it either. The gay marriage debate will never be fully answered
because their will always be people that have strong arguments against gay
marriage and the rights and benefits associated with it. Maybe the rest of the
country can at least strive for the middle ground found in Arizona. It is a
step in the right direction in the gay marriage debate.
While a large
percentage of the population continues to be pro gay marriage, there are still
many states that have laws that are anti gay marriage. However, some people
believe in equal rights for all, with the exception of being allowed to call a
civil union marriage. Many people believe there should be a distinction between
marriages and civil unions, and therefore, those people may be anti gay
marriage. Yet, many of those people are not biased, they just want a
distinction made so that marriage is defined as a union between opposite sex
sentiment. In fact, an amendment was passed in 2004 that states that marriage
consists of a union between a man and a woman. In addition, that amendment
strictly forbids the recognition of any union between same sex couples. The
state will not recognize the union, and will not grant the individuals any
rights associated with marriage.
marriage either. For many, the distinction is in the language used. For some,
marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman. However, those same
people may have no problem with civil unions or domestic partnerships. For many
people, the words used can make all the difference.
used, Arkansas state laws could be considered anti gay marriage. However, there
are many in the state that are pro gay marriage, or believe in the right to
civil unions, and continue to fight for equal rights. In many cases, people get
caught up in the language used, so progress toward equal rights, can be slow.
the gender of those entering into the union. However, for those in the LGBT
community, the distinction can impact the availability of benefits and rights
for their partner. Many people that are pro gay marriage, believe that the
union should entitle partners to benefits such as health care and the ability
to collect their partners pension.
believe those type of issues impact the definition of marriage. However, pro
gay marriage activists are beginning to impact public sentiment and some
progress has been made toward equal rights.
people have been part of an effort aimed at legalizing gay marriage. In fact,
in California, gay marriages used to be legally allowed and recognized.
However, as of 2008, California Proposition 8, defined marriage as a union
between a man and a woman.
type of union to be recognized by the state. For several years previous to
Proposition 8, domestic partnerships were recognized, which entitled partners
to all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage. In fact, partners were
legally allowed to change their last names, to match that of their partner.
community in California. Gay marriage was legally allowed for 6 months in 2008
because the State Supreme court held that the limitations on same sex unions
violated the constitution. However, a public initiative reinstated the ban on
gay marriage in California. Gay marriages performed during a certain time,
still have the designation of marriage in California.
likely to lean towards legalizing gay marriage in the immediate future. In California,
gay marriages are no longer recognized. While, the state does not recognize new
marriages in the LGBT community, is does grant the rights of marriage to
same sex unions. In fact, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 54, which
recognizes all gay marriages that took place before November, 2008. Those
marriages could have taken place in any state, as long as they occurred before
upheld by a vote of 6-1. However, the courts allowed California gay marriages
to remain valid if the took place prior to November 5, 2008. However, many
people are making an attempt at legalizing gay marriage. In fact, Perry v.
Schwarzenegger is a current case aimed at at legalizing gay marriage, by
challenging the legal validity of Proposition 8.
ramifications nationwide. Depending on the outcome, this case could be a large
step toward legalizing gay marriage nationwide. While many in California still
register domestic partnerships with the state, they are striving to regain the
rights lost when Proposition 8 passed.