Same-sex marriage, like gay rights protections generally, brushes up against objections from people who oppose homosexuality on religious grounds. The repeal goes into effect in September Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota pass marriage equality laws. For traditionalists who believe that sex, procreation and marriage go together in a single bundle, same-sex marriage seems to threaten the very concept of family. This is a fight about the meaning of marriage, not just about gay civil rights.
For modernists who believe that birth control, feminism and artificial reproductive technology untied the bundle long ago, same-sex marriage is a step toward the revitalization of family. But he was optimistic that the ruling had set the tone. Why are there different attitudes to LGBT rights globally? Gay marriage brings together the most complicated cluster of conflicting legal, social and moral claims in the United States today. If that seems confusing, it is. Rules vary on whether you can marry a blood relative, age of consent, divorce and so on. Change that, and marriage ceases to be marriage. Because of cohabitation, divorce and single parenthood, a third of children today do not live with two married parents — an ominous trend that began decades before same-sex marriage came along. That ruling applied only to married couples. The battle is almost over. Opponents are right when they say that, other things being equal, children do best when raised by their married biological parents. True premise, false conclusion. Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in California, passes. Attorney Theodore Olsen right , representing the same-sex couples, addresses the Supreme Court in Washington on March 26, The state's same-sex marriage ban has been overturned, but the decision is stayed indefinitely. Has your stance perhaps changed over the course of your life? For the state to determine whether married couples used contraception would require an invasion of their privacy, Douglas wrote; thus, couples had an inalienable right to contraception. This is a fight about the meaning of marriage, not just about gay civil rights. The Supreme Court announces it will hear two same-sex marriage cases. Do you believe these attitudes will change in Russia? What if a student at a Baptist college demands married-student housing for his husband? States have always defined marriage differently. In what may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. The Massachusetts Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage. Crucially, the majority ruling argues that the court has frequently exercised jurisdiction over the definition of marriage in previous cases and is not overstepping its constitutional role by intervening now.
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Judge: State gay marriage ban 'unconstitutional'
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