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 Same-sex marriage in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
February 2, 2006: A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage was rejected by the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates.
Advocates of same-sex marriage generally hold that marriage and its benefits should not be denied to same-sex couples, and that such a denial infringes one or more of their rights as American citizens.
Nineteen states have constitutional amendments explicitly barring the recognition of same-sex marriage, confining civil marriage to a legal union between a man and a woman. /wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_the_United_States   (4997 words)

 Same-Sex Marriage is a Feminist Issue
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed in 1996 and signed by former President Bill Clinton, defined marriage as "the legal union between one man and one woman," and asserted that no state is required to recognize a same-sex marriage performed in another state.
In 1995, NOW made official its support for same-sex marriage, stating that the choice of marriage is a fundamental constitutional right, protected under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and should not be denied because of a person's sexual orientation.
On Feb. 4, 2004, the same court clarified its ruling, stating that only access to civil marriage (not civil unions) would provide equal protection to same-sex couples under the state constitution. /issues/lgbi/marr-rep.html   (1144 words)

By framing the same-sex marriage debate as a dispute between those who think the state should remain neutral and those who want to "force their views on others," the proponents of same-sex marriage are able to put their opponents on the defensive and make them appear biased, bigoted, irrational, and narrow-minded.
They also assert that traditional notions of gender, marriage, and family, however differently expressed throughout human history and understood as the result of moral reflection, are part of the "furniture" of the universe and that their continued existence is essential to maintaining the moral ecology of human society.
In the same way, a sterile, aged, or willingly childless person is still a gendered human person whose purpose for marital union (if he or she does not have the gift of celibacy) can be consummated only by one-flesh communion with someone of the opposite gender. /free/DH261.htm   (4594 words)

 Equal Marriage for Same-Sex Couples: queer gay marriage equality
The court compelled the province of Ontario to issue civil marriage licenses to same-sex couples effective that day.
It was a decision that recognized, retroactively, the marriages of Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell and Anne and Elaine Vautour, solemnized by the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto on January 14, 2001.
Marriage equality is being used as a wedge issue, writes Rachel, when human rights should be a common principal of a modern constitutional democracy.   (794 words)

 HOMOSEXUAL (SAME-SEX) MARRIAGES - All sides to the issue
Marriage has been available for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples since mid-2004-MAY. However, the state has an ancient miscegenation law on the books that was passed to prevent out of state inter-racial couples from coming to Massachusetts and marrying.
Same-sex marriage, or its equivalent, is being actively discussed in a few countries of the world, including Ireland and Switzerland.
"Because marriage is a basic human right and an individual personal choice, RESOLVED, the State should not interfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry and share fully an equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of civil marriage. /hom_marr.htm   (1417 words)

 Same-Sex "Marriage": Should America Allow "Gay Rights" Activists to Cross The Last Cultural Frontier
Marriage is a "basic human right" and choice of marriage partners should in no way be regulated by government; therefore same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry.
Sullivan's Point 2: Same-sex "marriage" would not radically alter the nature of marriage as society has known it; rather, marriage would bring "stability" to gays, "domesticate them" and bring them closer to society's mainstream.
Argument 4: Preventing same-sex 'marriages' denies gay 'families' the benefits, protections and responsibilities of civil marriage. /marco/marriage   (688 words)

 Same-sex marriage in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
February 2, 2006: A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage was rejected by the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates.
Advocates of same-sex marriage generally hold that marriage and its benefits should not be denied to same-sex couples, and that such a denial infringes one or more of their rights as American citizens.
Nineteen states have constitutional amendments explicitly barring the recognition of same-sex marriage, confining civil marriage to a legal union between a man and a woman. /wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_the_United_States   (5225 words)

 CBC News Indepth: SAME-SEX Rights
The decision means that same-sex marriages performed in eight provinces and one territory are legal and must be recognized.
The draft legislation would also recognize the rights of religious groups to "sanctify marriage as they see fit." The decision meant the federal government would not appeal lower court rulings that same-sex couples had the same right to marry as opposite-sex couples.
On May 5, 2005, the government's same-sex marriage bill passed a second reading, moving it closer to becoming law. /news/background/samesexrights   (608 words)

 U.S.: Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Upholds Equality Under Law (Human Rights Watch, 5-2-2004)
The Defense of Marriage Act, enacted by the U.S. government in 1996, prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows states to withhold such recognition.
The burden is on governments to justify refusing recognition to foreign marriages, but the burden usually—and unfairly—rests on partners in civil unions to justify their recognition abroad.
In a September 2003 briefing paper on equality in civil marriage, Human Rights Watch observed that while civil unions have represented progress, states still have an obligation to equality. /english/docs/2004/02/05/usdom7277.htm   (731 words) - Same-sex marriage bans winning on state ballots - Nov 3, 2004
Opponents of gay and lesbian marriage are also pushing a federal constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage nationwide, though it failed to gain the needed two-thirds majority to pass when it came up for votes in both the House and Senate.
The push to amend state constitutions to ban same-sex marriage gained steam in May, after gay men and lesbians were granted the right to marry in Massachusetts, thanks to the state's Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled that laws restricting marriage to heterosexuals violated the state constitution.
The measure approved in Oklahoma Tuesday went one step further by making it a misdemeanor crime to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, a pre-emptive shot against any local officials who might want to follow in Newsom's footsteps. /2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/02/ballot.samesex.marriage   (818 words) : Poll: No Same-Sex Marriage, No Amendment
Across the spectrum, same-sex marriage is supported by 56 percent of those under 40, two-thirds of those who profess no religion and nearly seven in 10 liberals.
Supporters may appeal to basic opposition to same-sex marriage (the "sanctity of marriage" argument), while critics of an amendment may stress states' rights and ask whether the issue rises to the level of amending the Constitution.
Bush, in his State of the Union address, said, "Our nation must defend the sanctity of marriage." If he was referring to government action, he lacks majority support on this point as well: Fifty-six percent say it should not be a role of the federal government to promote traditional marriage. /sections/us/Relationships/same_sex_marriage_poll_040121.html   (986 words)

 Same Sex Marriage
This ruling is one of the latest developments in the larger public discussion of "marriage" and "family" that started in 1993 when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated state constitutional equal protection rights unless the state could show a "compelling reason" for such discrimination.
For more information on same sex marriage issues, please contact Jack Tweedie in the Denver office at 303.364.7700 or or either Sheri Steisel or Lee Posey in the D.C. office at 202.624.5400 or
There are several proposals before Congress to amend the federal Constitution, defining marriage as between a man and a woman and ensuring that states would not be required to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. /programs/cyf/samesex.htm   (669 words)

 Alliance for Same-Sex Marriage: The Real Federal Marriage Amendment
Alliance for Same-Sex Marriage: The Real Federal Marriage Amendment
Civil marriage is a basic and fundamental right as well as a private and public commitment of love and support by adult couples.
True marriage advocates would work towards ensuring equality and dignity for ALL families, not try to change the U.S. Constitution to keep a segment of the population separate from the rest.   (318 words)

 Same-Sex Marriage
Marriage Equality began as an idea in 1996 with a handful of activists believing that same-sex couples should have the freedom and the right to civil marriage, and angry that the federal government wanted to pass a law barring gay people from this right.
The court said that the county lacked the authority to issue marriage licenses to these committed couples and -- until the new discriminatory constitutional amendment restricting marriage to different-sex couples is removed – same-sex couples may not exercise the freedom to marry that is a birthright of all Americans.
Marriage means many things to many people -- emotionally, spiritually, intellectually -- but in these pages, Evan Wolfson demonstrates a truth that is undeniable: Marriage is the legal gateway to a vast array of tangible and intangible protections, responsibilities, and benefits, most of which cannot be replicated in any other way. /same_sex_marriage.htm   (5214 words)

 CitizenLink - Extras - Eleven Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage (Part 1 of 5)
Marriage is reduced to something of a partnership that provides attractive benefits and sexual convenience, but cannot offer the intimacy described in Genesis.
There are very compelling arguments against marriage between homosexuals that should be considered by anyone who has not yet become familiar with the issues.
Marriage Under Fire, Dr. James Dobson defends the sanctity of traditional marriage, presenting clearly defined reasons for it in the legal, financial, social and emotional arenas. /cforum/extras/a0032427.cfm   (1532 words)

 CBC News: Same-sex marriage law passes 158-133
The Liberals' controversial same-sex marriage legislation has passed final reading in the House of Commons, sailing through in a 158-133 vote.
Same-sex marriage remains one of the most difficult issues ever to confront Canadian politicians.
Although he was the only cabinet minister to break ranks with Prime Minister Paul Martin over the controversial plan to legalize the marriage of gays and lesbians, it highlighted the divisions within Canada and within the Liberal party, pitting supporters of equality rights against those who are defending religious freedoms. /story/canada/national/2005/06/28/samesex050628.html   (552 words)

 Massachusetts Law About Same-Sex Marriage
Letter to Governor Mitt Romney Regarding the Legality of Same Sex Marriages in Connecticut, Connecticut Attorney General, May 17, 2004.
"Barred access to the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage, a person who enters into an intimate, exclusive union with another of the same sex is arbitrarily deprived of membership in one of our community's most rewarding and cherished institutions.
Attorney General Opinion Regarding the Legality of Same Sex Marriages in Connecticut, Connecticut Attorney General, May 17, 2004. /gaymarriage.html   (1060 words)

 A Primer on Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships, and Defense of Marriage Acts
The amendment would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman and could be used to overrule state or local protections for same-sex couples and their children.
Countries that issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples: Belgium (2003), the Netherlands (since 2001), and Spain (since 2005) ; the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia since 2003, and Quebec, the Yukon, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan since 2004, and in 2005, Canada legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country.
Because the constitutionality of DOMA and state legislation against same-sex marriage has yet to be fully tested by the courts, relying on legislation to settle the issue of same-sex marriage will take years. /ipa/A0922609.html   (1038 words)

 Homosexual (Same-Sex) Marriages in Canada
Consider the legalization of same-sex marriages in Canada in 2003 onwards; same-sex marriages in Massachusetts in 2004; inter-racial marriages in 1967 and marriage by African Americans in the 19th century.
There are many bisexuals in the country who enter committed, loving relationships with members of the same sex and who wish to be married.
In each case, SSM was forced on a reluctant government by a court. /hom_marb.htm   (1506 words)

 Same Sex Marriage
same-sex marriages and therefore the State should not either, is flawed.
Marriage is a fundamental right for all heterosexual couples in the United States.
that marriage is a cultural institution that is fundamentally the same institution /ab6276/marriage.html   (871 words)

 Same-sex marriage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A common objection to same-sex marriage is to hold that the purpose of marriage is a procreative partnership and that the same-sex partnership is inherently sterile.
Some same-sex marriage proponents, such as Andrew Sullivan, argue that same-sex marriage retains enough moral underpinning to support the familial role marriage plays in society despite the absence of a direct (that is, unassisted by medical or social agencies) procreative element.
Same-sex marriage is also legal in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. /wiki/Same-sex_marriage   (8181 words)

 Same-sex marriage in California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Of those same-sex marriage licenses issued, 82 couples either decided not to go through with a marriage or failed to register their marriage with the county before the state supreme court stay was issued, meaning 3,995 completed same-sex marriages were registered in the county.
During the same period, 103 opposite-sex marriage licenses were issued from the city hall.
Marriage licenses were issued to 4,037 same-sex couples before the state Supreme Court issued its stay. /wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_California   (1278 words)

 Timeline of same-sex marriage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
November 8: United States: Texas becomes the 18th state to write a ban on same-sex marriage into its constitution, defining marriage as "the union of one man and one woman" and prohibiting the state from "creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage," when voters approved the amendment in the November elections.
November 4: Canada: Two lesbian couples denied marriage licences file a lawsuit against the governments of Canada and of Newfoundland and Labrador, asking for the legalization of same-sex marriage in that province.
December 9: Canada: Acting on a reference question from Parliament, the Canadian Supreme Court states that a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Canada would be constitutional. /wiki/Same-sex_marriage_timeline   (1788 words)

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Most of the 64 same-sex couples who applied for and received marriage licenses on February 20 were married immediately, and those marriages are presently unchallenged.
A vote of 50-48 in the U.S. Senate on closing the gay marriage debate indicated the weakness of the forces pushing for an amendment to the constitution.
And the U.S. Gay Marriage Amendment is not coming soon, according to an article in the Detroit Free Press.   (1065 words)

 Same-Sex Marriage: Pathfinder
State statutes defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and/or explicitly declaring same-sex marriages void or denying recognition to out-of-state same-sex marriages:
Questions the coherence of the legal concept of marriage and the worth of same-sex marriage as a goal.
Chapter headings: "Civilizing Gays, Civilizing Straights"; "A History of Same-Sex Marriage"; "The Debate Within the Lesbian and Gay Community"; "Mainstream Objections to Same-Sex Marriage"; "The Constitutional Case: The Right to Marry"; "The Constitutional Case: Discrimination". /~axellute/ssm.htm   (2711 words)

 SF Gate: Same-Sex Marriage
Activists agree Justice Roberts would be pivotal in same-sex marriage cases
Same employee benefits would be ensured for same-sex spouses.
Marriage advocates share their stories as they head to D.C. Court Allows Groups To Sue /samesexmarriage   (1313 words)

Sex, marriage and history: Analyzing the continued resistance to same-sex marriage, 55 SMU Law Review 1657 (2002) Westlaw or Lexis
GLAD argued that the Massachusetts Constitution guarantees that all people shall be treated equally and enjoy fundamental liberties and that without the freedom to marry under Massachusetts state law, same-sex couples and their children are denied the protections and responsibilities that marriage provides.
Same-sex marriages and civil unions: On meaning, free exercise and constitutional guarantees, 33 Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal 597 (2002) Westlaw or Lexis /library/research/a-z/news/samesex.cfm   (1129 words) - Third attempt to ban same-sex marriage fails - Feb. 12, 2004
The proposed federal amendment would forbid states from allowing gay marriages but permit them to pass laws allowing civil unions and same-sex legal partnership arrangements, as are now allowed in California and Vermont.
The key issue of whether to ban same-sex marriage through an amendment to the state constitution has not yet made it to a vote.
Adding fuel to the fire, San Francisco's city clerk began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Thursday, despite the fact that gay marriages are illegal in California. /2004/ALLPOLITICS/02/12/mass.marriage   (948 words)

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