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Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage, is marriage between two people of the same sex that is legally and/or socially recognized. These relationships also sometimes include include civil unions, domestic partnerships, and civil partnerships. Same sex marriage has gained some acceptance over the last couple of decades. It has been legalized in several countries. However, it still highly controversial in many countries. Marriage equality is often a hot topic during political campaigns and debates.


Asked in Marriage, Thailand, Same-Sex Marriage

Is same-sex marriage legal in Thailand?

No. Same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Thailand.


Asked in Avril Lavigne, Same-Sex Marriage

Does Avril Lavigne support same-sex marriage?

The most objective answer is that we haven't heard her take a stance on same-sex marriage at all. That's all. ...

Asked in Divorce and Marriage Law, Same-Sex Marriage

What should you do if your civil partner wants to annul your civil partnership and you do not?

In Western cultures you cannot force a person to stay married to you or to stay in a civil partnership. Your only option is to convince your partner to attend counseling in order to determine the reasons for their desire to leave and determine if the relationship can be saved. Otherwise, your partner is free to go. The procedure depends on the laws of the state where you want to dissolve the union. If your jurisdiction recognizes civil unions or domestic partnerships then...

Asked in Insurance, Same-Sex Marriage

Can you get insurance for a 'significant other'?

Many large companies these days offer insurance for a "significant other" instead of a spouse. Speak to the insurance company directly for this information. This is possible, but there are some issues to consider: 1) If the employer group is purchasing their health insurance from a carrier, there will likely be state laws and carrier rules to this. Each state regulates the insurance carriers within their state. 2) If this is a large company of 300+ employees, they probably 'self-insure.' This exempts them...

Asked in Same-Sex Marriage, Mitt Romney

Is Mitt Romney being realistic when he says marriage is between a man and woman and that is the way it should be and always has been?

No. When he expresses his personal belief about same-sex marriage, Mitt Romney is opposing the basic civil rights of Americans, as determined by the United States Supreme Court. ...

Asked in US Constitution, Same-Sex Marriage, Bill of Rights

What does the Ninth Amendment to the US Constitution have to do with same-sex marriage?

Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. The ninth amendment implies that if the right to gay marriage is not mentioned in the constitution, that does not mean it is denied to citizens. The implication is that since marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution (either directly or indirectly), it cannot be regulated by either the Federal or State governments, and remains an inherent...

Asked in Same-Sex Marriage

What are some pros and cons on same-sex marriage?

Opinions from contributors: Arguments For (Pros) Denying same sex couples the right to marry is a violation of civil rights because marriage is a legal civil status. It provides homosexual couples with the same legal rights as heterosexual couples. It standardizes the rules of inheritance in the event that a deceased spouse does not leave a will. It creates the same responsibilities to spouse and children as does heterosexual marriage. Marriage benefits (such as joint ownership, medical decision-making capacity) would be available to all couples. Homosexuality is...

Asked in Same-Sex Marriage

How does same-sex marriage benefit everyone?

Gay marriages tend to have fewer children. Therefore, overpopulation is slightly slowed by having more gay marriages, benefiting everyone. Gay people in gay marriages statistically tend to be healthier and happier than single gay people. Married gay people provide less strain on health care systems and are more productive than single gay persons statistically. This last piece is true because gay marriage is crucial for a fully efficient economy. If a whole section of society, gays and lesbians in this case, are left without...

Asked in Yahoo, Compensation and Benefits, Same-Sex Marriage

Does Yahoo Inc offer domestic partner benefits?

Yes, Yahoo offers the same benefits to domestic partners (both same-sex and opposite sex) as it does to spouses. ...

Asked in Malaysia, Same-Sex Marriage

Is same-sex marriage legal in Malaysia?

No. In fact, homosexual activity is illegal in Malaysia.

Asked in Insurance, Same-Sex Marriage

Do all insurance companies have to offer 'significant other' insurance coverage?

I believe that currently no insurance companies HAVE to extend benefits for partners. That is one of the many issues concerning gay marriage because by legalizing marriage between couples of the same gender, it would give recognition to the spouse. This would therefore require insurance companies to offer insurance coverage for the recognized significant other. However, that's not to say that forward thinking insurance companies don't exist in the United States. Browse websites for insurance companies in your area, many of them will...

Asked in Barack Obama, Same-Sex Marriage

Does Barack Obama support same-sex marriage?

Yes. Barack Obama believes that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all fifty US states. ...

Asked in Divorce and Marriage Law, Delaware, Same-Sex Marriage

Is same-sex marriage legal in Delaware?

Yes. Same-sex marriage is legal in Delaware effective July 1, 2013. Previously, same-sex couples were able to obtain Civil Unions in Delaware effective January 1, 2012. ...

Asked in Panama, Central America, Same-Sex Marriage

Is same-sex marriage legal in Panama?

No, there is no legal recognition of same-sex unions in Panama, a civil unions bill having been defeated in 2004. In 2014, Panama enacted a law specifically denying recognition to same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. ...

Asked in Catholicism, Same-Sex Marriage

Does the Catholic Church approve of same-sex marriage?

No. The Catholic Church does not approve of same-sex marriage. It does not permit its clergy to perform same-sex weddings, or any similar ceremony involving a same-sex couple. Such ceremonies are not allowed to take place on Church property. Neither does the Catholic Church recognize same-sex marriages. In some places where required by law, certain secular organizations affiliated with the Church (e.g., Catholic Charities, Catholic Hospitals, Catholic Immigrant Services, etc.) do, to the extent required by law, treat all civil marriages the same, including...

Asked in Arkansas, Arkansas Law, Same-Sex Marriage

Are same-sex civil unions legal in Arkansas?

No. There is no specific legal recognition of civil unions, although some heterosexual domestic partnerships are recognized. ...

Asked in Divorce and Marriage Law, State Laws, Missouri, Same-Sex Marriage

Are same-sex civil unions legal in Missouri?

No. Civil Unions of any kind are not legally recognized under Missouri state law. ...

Asked in Gay Lesbian and Bisexual, Same-Sex Marriage

Is same-sex marriage legal?

Same sex marriage is legal in 21 countries as of 2016: Argentina Belgium Brazil Canada Denmark Finland France Iceland Ireland Luxembourg Mexico: only in CH, CA, GR, JA, NA, QR, DF Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal South Africa Spain Sweden United Kingdom: Only in England and Wales, Scotland, Pitcairn Islands United States including GU, MP, PR, VI and some tribal jurisdictions Uruguay In addition, it is recognized but not performed in 7 countries/jurisdictions: Colombia Israel Malta Aruba Curaçao Sint Maartin Guernsey, United Kingdom ...

Asked in Australia Law and Legal Issues, Australia Politics and Society, Same-Sex Marriage

Does the Liberal Party of Australia support same-sex marriage?

No. The Liberal Party of Australia does not support same-sex marriage. The Liberal Party, under former PM John Howard, amended the Marriage Act in 2004 to define legal marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman. Same-sex couples who marry legally overseas are thus not recognised in Australia. The present Liberal leader, Tony Abbott, opposes same-sex marriage. ...

Asked in State Laws, Georgia (US State), Same-Sex Marriage

Are same-sex civil unions legal in Georgia?

No. Civil unions not legal in the US state of Georgia.

Asked in Same-Sex Marriage

Why is same-sex marriage not legal in some jurisdictions?

Where same-sex marriage is not legal, the immediate reason is that the legislative and executive branches have not legalized same-sex marriage, and the judicial branch has not struck down laws banning same-sex marriage. The legalization of same-sex marriage is part of a progression of legal changes brought about by gay rights activists, which include eliminating consensual sodomy laws, passing sexual orientation anti-discrimination laws and hate-crime legislation, eliminating non-consensual psychiatric treatment and psychological counseling intended to change one's sexual orientation, and permitting gay persons to serve...

Asked in Maine, US Congress, Same-Sex Marriage

What is former Maine Senator Olympia Snowe's stance on the Federal Defense Of Marriage Act?

On April 5, 2013, former Senator Snowe announced that she now supports the legalization of same-sex marriage. In 1996, Senator Snowe voted to enact DOMA. However, in 2006, she voted against a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would have banned same-sex marriage. ...

Asked in Democratic Party, Same-Sex Marriage

What do Democrats say about same-sex marriage?

Although there are some Democrats who oppose same-sex marriage, most Democrats now support marriage equality. In 2012, the official Party Platform of the Democratic Party included the legalization of same-sex marriage. ...