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  1. 1. gaymarriagef act s.net Marriage Facts – What you need to know about same-sexmarriageIt used to be men and women. Now, society considers a third sex which we commonly ref er to as gays. Overthe years, gay people are f ighting f or recognition in the society as well as allowing them to marry whoeverthey choose based on one’s constitutional guarantee of equality. While some conservatives oppose to thisidea, there are many libertarians who are backing up this advocacy, even if it takes bringing this up toCongress or the Highest Court of the Land.Definition of Gay MarriageAlso known as same sex marriage, gay marriage is amarriage between two persons of the samebiological sex or gender identity. In other words, it isthe union between man and man or woman andwoman according to their own individual liberty andpersonal pref erence.Marriage among gay can be perf ormed eitherthrough a civil ceremony or religious setting asthere are various religious groups that support gaymarriage and allow same sex marriage ceremonies.10 Facts about Gay MarriageMarriage is supposed to be a union between man and woman. But that is not the case here. Over the years,more countries are slowly recognizing and legalizing the same sex marriage and even providing benef itsand equal access similar to marriages between man and woman. The f ollowing shows the dif f erent gaymarriage f acts:Recognition of same sex marriage as a civil right has become a political, moral, social and religiousissue among a lot of countries. That is why the f irst laws allowing same sex marriage were onlyenacted during early 2000.Netherlands was the f irst country to allow gay marriage when same sex marriage bill was passed andbecame a law on April 1, 2001 with 3.6% of the total number of marriages attributed to gay couples.However, the number of gay marriage dropped over the years with only 1,100 couples getting marriedon 2005.As of April 2013, there are only twelve countries that legally recognize and allow same sex couples tomarry – Argentina, Belgium, Uruguay, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, South Af rica, Iceland, Spain,Netherlands, Portugal and Norway.Israel, Curacao, Aruba and Brazil acknowledge same sex marriage, however do not allow ceremoniesto be conducted. In Brazil, civil unions among gay couples can be converted into marriage.In the United States of America, only 9 states plus the District of Columbia allows gay couple to getmarried – Washington, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Maryland andMassachusetts. Among these states, Massachusetts is the f irst state to allow gay marriage in 2004with the Supreme Judicial Court ruling that it is unconstitutional to bar same sex couples f rommarrying.
  2. 2. Marriage among gay couples can only be perf ormed in Mexico City and Quintana Roo although theMexican f ederal government accepts this to be legal and binding.Although some countries in the world do not allow perf ormance of marriage among same sexcouples, there are other legally recognized unions allowed such as civil partnership, civil union ordomestic partnership. Although there is still a separate status, this kind of union of f ers benef its andlegal consequences of marriage despite the non-perf ormance of the ceremony. Countries such asUnited Kingdom, Australia, Colombia, New Zealand, Germany, France and New Zealand of f er this kindof civil union.According to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association and American PsychiatricAssociation, the f inancial, physical and psychological well-being of couples of the same sex areenhanced by marriage, thus making it benef icial f or children to be raised by gay partners. Furtherstudies even show that gay parents are f it and capable as heterosexual parents wherein the childrenraised will be psychologically healthy and well-adjusted. In f act, the American Academy of Pediatricsconcludes that a child’s behavioral, emotional and psychosocial adjustment has nothing to do withtheir parents’ sexual orientation.Several studies show that same sex marriage in the United States has a link in increasing the HIVrate, thus the reason why some states ban gay marriage.The Roman Catholic Church is among the biggest religious denomination who opposes and vowsstrongly against same sex marriage