Rita A. The recent landmark decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to legalize gay and lesbian marriage has brought extensive media coverage and discussion of same sex marriage. The complexities surrounding same sex marriage are multifaceted and include a broad range of areas such as: legislation; institutional, social, and religious views; personal beliefs and biases; civil rights, ethics, and values.
CNN -- Six months after gay and lesbian couples won the right to marry in Massachusetts, opponents of same-sex marriage struck back Tuesday, with voters in 11 states approving constitutional amendments codifying marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. The closest race came in Oregon, where gay rights groups concentrated much of their effort and money and thought they had the best chance of winning. In the remaining states, the amendments passed with 60 percent of the vote or more, with the margin at a whopping 86 percent in Mississippi.
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Thursday marks the 14th anniversary of the first same-sex marriages in the United States, which took place here in Massachusetts. According to data obtained by the News Service, there have been 32, same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts since May 17,based on numbers that run through That day in began for more than couples at Cambridge City Hall, where the doors opened at midnight for same-sex couples to begin filing paperwork for marriage certificates.
It rests on equality, liberty and even society. SO AT last it is official: George Bush is in favour of unequal rights, big-government intrusiveness and federal power rather than devolution to the states. That is the implication of his announcement this week that he will support efforts to pass a constitutional amendment in America banning gay marriage.
Elated by an for rejection of gay marriage in state elections, conservatives Wednesday urged Congress to follow suit by approving a federal constitutional amendment that would extend the prohibition nationwide. More than 20 million Americans voted on the measures, which triumphed overall by a 2-to-1 ratio. In the four Southern states, the amendments received at least three-quarters of the votes, including 86 percent in Mississippi; the closest outcome besides Oregon was in Michigan, where the ban got 59 percent.
Over the course of the day, 77 other same-sex couples tied the knot across the state, and hundreds more applied for marriage licenses. The day was characterized by much celebration and only a few of the expected protests materialized. The court then gave the state days in which to change the law.
It is only fitting to end this timeline with the following quote from that decision:. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.
Advanced Search. This marriage license, photograph, and wedding announcement document the marriage of Toni Tortorilla and Ruth Broeski on March 12, On Wednesday, March 3,Multnomah County began to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Supreme Court of Canada has provided its opinion on four questions referred to it concerning the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Inafter a number of provinces had legalized same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court of Canada was asked by the federal government to give its opinion on four questions relating to draft legislation that, in its entirety, provided:. Marriage, for civil purposes, is the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others.