On Tuesday, North Carolina voted to amend their constitution making gay marriage illegal. In response, on Wednesday President Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage. It will probably be a long time before anything is decided here. But eleven other countries have already legalized gay marriage. Here are their stories. In , 15 years after gay activists brought the issue to the forefront in the early s, the Dutch Parliament created a special commission to look into what effect, if any, making gay marriage legal would have on the country.
Where Europe stands on gay marriage and civil unions
Countries Where Gay Marriage Is Legal
For many years, same-sex marriage has been a hot topic of endless debate. Supporters of same-sex marriage say that a relationship and subsequent marriage between two people of the same sex is natural and normal. These supporters believe that a person does not choose to be gay and is instead born this way. Supporters also say that same-sex couples are just as capable as heterosexual couples when it comes to getting married, living together, and raising children. On the flip side, there are people that are against gay marriage. These people may have religious beliefs that tell them this is wrong. Others say that same-sex relationships and marriage is abnormal and can have negative effects on children that are raised in a same-sex household.
These are the latest places to legalize gay marriage and partnerships
Many governments all over the world are now considering whether they should grant a legal recognition to gay marriage and legalise gay and lesbian rights. There are many countries that allow same sex marriage or gay marriage. As far as same sex marriages in the US is concerned, on the 26th of June, , the Supreme Court of the US declared that gay marriage was legal in all the 50 states of the country, Earlier, it was legal in 37 states as well as Washington DC, and banned in the rest of the 13 states. There is a lot of discrimination, abuse and violence against people who have a different sexual orientation. The LGBT community, consisting of lesbians; gays; bisexuals and transgenders, consists of several activists who represent their issues.
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