marriage equality

Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage, is marriage between people of the same sex, either as a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting. In the late 20th century, rites of marriage for same-sex couples without legal recognition became increasingly common. The first law providing for marriage of people of the same sex in modern times was enacted in 2001 in the Netherlands. As of 4 August 2017, same-sex marriage is legally recognized (nationwide or in some parts) in the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. The laws in Germany and Malta are not yet in force. Same-sex marriage is likely to soon become legal in Taiwan, after a constitutional court ruling in May 2017. Polls show rising support for legally recognizing same-sex marriage in the Americas, Australia and most of Europe. However, as of 2017, South Africa is the only African country where same-sex marriage is recognized. Taiwan would become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage if the Civil Code is amended. Israel and Armenia recognise same-sex marriages performed overseas for some purposes. Introduction of same-sex marriage laws has varied by jurisdiction, being variously accomplished through legislative change to marriage laws, a court ruling based on constitutional guarantees of equality, or by direct popular vote (via ballot initiative or referendum). The recognition of same-sex marriage is a political and social issue, and also a religious issue in many countries, and debates continue to arise over whether people in same-sex relationships should be allowed marriage or some similar status (a civil union). Same-sex marriage can provide those in same-sex relationships who pay their taxes with government services and make financial demands on them comparable to those afforded to and required of those in opposite-sex marriages. Same-sex marriage also gives them legal protections such as inheritance and hospital visitation rights. Various faith communities around the world support allowing those of the same sex to marry, while many major religions oppose same-sex marriage. Opponents of same-sex marriages have argued that recognition of same-sex marriages would erode religious freedoms, undermine a right of children to be raised by their biological mother and father or erode the institution of marriage itself. Some analysts state that financial, psychological and physical well-being are enhanced by marriage, and that children of same-sex parents or carers benefit from being raised by two parents within a legally recognized union supported by society's institutions. Court documents filed by American scientific associations also state that singling out gay men and women as ineligible for marriage both stigmatizes and invites public discrimination against them. The American Anthropological Association asserts that social science research does not support the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Wikipedia
The Sydney Morning Herald Sun, 10/22/2017 - 00:14

The way to stop the Harvey Weinsteins of the world isn't #instacleavage
Comment: Our culture, liberated as we think it, is as bad as most, and more hypocritical.
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Equal Marriage Rights Australia Sat, 10/21/2017 - 11:53

Thousands rally for gay marriage before Australian postal vote closes
Over 10,000 have rallied in Sydney this afternoon for marriage equality with several thousand also ralllying in Brisbane.
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Equal Marriage Rights Australia Sat, 10/21/2017 - 11:34

Survey: Coping with the Marriage Equality Debate
The Australia Institute & the National LGBTI Health Alliance are researching the true cost of this postal survey. Everyone, please participate so we can educate every future Australian government to never again subject a minority to national judgement.
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Brisbane Times Sat, 10/21/2017 - 00:44

Party squabble may end in extinction for the Liberal Party
Despite the reassuring pieties about a "broad church", the contemporary Liberal Party is now hopelessly in the grip of a schism that may well consign it to oblivion, writes Catherine McGregor.
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The Age - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:20

The way to stop sexual harassment isn't #instacleavage
COMMENT Girls are buying into a culture that encourages them to look permanently sex-ready.
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The Age - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:01

Why the Liberal Party is facing extinction
COMMENT Despite the reassuring pieties about a 'broad church' the Liberal Party of Australia is now hopelessly in the grip of a schism that may well consign it to oblivion.
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The Sydney Morning Herald Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:40

Voluntary bimboism is no way to stop the Harvey Weinsteins of the world
Comment: Broadcasting your privates to the world? C'mon loves. That's not feminist. That's getting screwed.
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The Sydney Morning Herald Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:42

Comment | The Liberal Party is facing oblivion
The line between defeat and extinction could be a thin one, writes Catherine McGregor.
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The Guardian Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:40

The struggle for marriage equality in Northern Ireland: 'My love isn't second-class'
The DUP’s stance is unwavering. Its politicians have stated that same-sex relationships are worse than paedophilia; have called homosexuality “repulsive”, “unnatural” and “harmful to society”; and suggested that God sent Hurricane Katrina as a punishment for LGBT rights.
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