Gay Marriage

This new age issue has hit the headline in recent years and is a topic which we believe needs covering. Those who support gay marriage often argue that love is grounds enough for marriage, regardless of sexual orientation. Those who are opposed often cite religious viewpoints and concerns about the rearing of children as the main reasons for their opposition. The conflict over same-sex marriage is not a simple one. It involves many legislative, cultural, religious and family issues.

From a legal standpoint, those on the opposing side of the gay marriage debate often believe that the rights of marriage should be restricted to couples who are of the opposite sex. Those who are for it believe that marriage is a civil right and should not have restrictions to those of a particular sexual orientation.

We do not wish to present the pros and cons directly for you as this is a very personal debate and one we hope you all get involved with. We also intend to keep this post minimalistic as it is such a constantly changing issue, so will post another post later in the month for a full report (so please do look out for it!).

For the American readers, there have been significant strives to accept gay marriage, especially from the more ideologically liberal states (democratic). For the first time in America, three states voted on November 6th 2012 to allow gay couples to wed—ending a succession of electoral defeats for the measure in 32 states. A fourth state rejected a proposed ban.

For the British readers, same sex marriage is not legal. Marriage laws vary in the four countries of the UK. Since 2005, same-sex couples are allowed to enter into civil partnerships, a separate union which provides the legal consequences of marriage. In 2006, the High Court rejected a legal bid by a British lesbian couple who had married in Canada to have their union recognised as a marriage in the UK and not as a civil partnership

For other countries check the picture below:

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