Same-sex marriage also known as gay marriage is the marriage of two people of the same sex or genderentered into in a civil or religious ceremony. There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century though there is no legal provision in Roman Law, and it was banned in the Roman Empire in the fourth. In the modern era, same-sex marriage started being legalized at the beginning of the 21st century.
The Civil Partnership Act gave same-sex couples the rights and responsibilities similar to those in a civil marriage. Civil partners are entitled to the same property rights, the same exemptions on inheritance tax, social security and pension benefits as married couples. They also have the same ability to get parental responsibility for a partner's children as well as reasonable maintenance, tenancy rights, insurance and next-of-kin rights in hospital and with doctors.
Vermont Rep. Bill Lippert, the only openly gay lawmaker in the House, speaks about the same sex union bill on March 15, The landmark bill provides more rights and benefits for same-sex couples than any other state in the country.
We'll take care of the rest. Why is that? This legal status is given to couples by the state government. Marriage grants couples certain unique rights, obligations, and protections on both the state and federal level.
Debate has occurred throughout Europe over proposals to legalise same-sex marriage as well as same-sex civil unions. Poland and Slovakia recognise cohabitation for very limited purposes. Slovakia recognises same-sex marriages performed within the EU and including an EU citizen.
Austria is the 17th European jurisdiction to legalize gay marriage. This number counts England and Wales together and Scotland as a separate entity, since those parts of the United Kingdom passed two separate pieces of legislation on same-sex marriage. Northern Ireland, the other UK constituent state, has not legalized such marriages.
A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not.
A civil union also known as a civil partnership is a legally recognized arrangement similar to marriagecreated primarily as a means to provide recognition in law for same-sex couples. Civil unions grant most or all of the rights of marriage except the title itself. Around the world, developed democracies began establishing civil unions in the late s, often developing them from less formal domestic partnershipswhich grant only some of the rights of marriage. In the majority of countries that established these unions in laws, they have since been either supplemented or replaced by same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage has been legalized in in twenty-seven countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Yet same-sex marriage remains banned in many countries, and the expansion of broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights has been uneven globally. International organizations, including the United Nations, have issued resolutions in support of LGBT rights, but human rights groups say these organizations have limited power to enforce these newly recognized rights.
The changes from 1st Jan affect everyone the same, so see the Home Page for updates. Depending where you are from we may need more documents and possibly more time. The number of countries recognising LGBT marriages is steadily increasing, with Austria, Taiwan and Ecuador recently added to the list, and it looks like Northern Ireland and Costa Rica will join them soon.