Press Release Distribution. News By Tag. Mental Health News: Social Impact of Gay Marriage Equality In the wake of the New York decision for legal gay marriage, this commentary from the College of Mental Health Counseling is based on studies of same-sex and gay marriage in countries where the practice has become legal. Like PRLog?
5 facts about same-sex marriage
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When Christie Caruso, 31, and Sarah West, 29, were planning their wedding, they knew it was going to be big. They married on July 1, , in Connecticut, decked out in beautiful white dresses and surrounded by bridesmaids and groomsmen in blue. For the pair, the day symbolised something more than a sweet ceremony and a big party: the acceptance of their love as a same-sex couple. In the four years since the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in all 50 states through the Obergefell v Hodges decision, same-sex marriage rates have climbed, and Around the world, a total of 24 countries have legalised same-sex marriage, according to the World Population Review. Most recently, Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on May 24, and during the debate over the measure, several major multinational companies spoke out about the economic boost the island could expect from legalisation, Reuters reported.
The economic impact of same-sex marriage
Next week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in four cases presenting the question whether the Constitution requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriage. As I noted in my Verdict column when the Justices agreed to hear these cases earlier this year, the result is essentially a foregone conclusion: Nearly all well-informed observers expect the Court to find a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Important legal questions will undoubtedly remain open, including some for legislators—such as whether to grant LGBT Americans protection against private discrimination, and if so, whether to provide exceptions from compliance with such anti-discrimination laws to people motivated by religious or other objections to same-sex marriage or homosexuality.
In Obergefell v. Hodges , the United States Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment , and therefore must be afforded to same-sex couples. The ruling ensured that statewide bans on same-sex marriage could not be held up as constitutional. Obergefell v. Hodges started out as six separate lawsuits split between four states.