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Gay Marriage Facts – What you need to know about same-sex
It used to be men and women. Now, society considers a third sex which we commonly ref er to as gays. Over
the years, gay people are f ighting f or recognition in the society as well as allowing them to marry whoever
they choose based on one’s constitutional guarantee of equality. While some conservatives oppose to this
idea, there are many libertarians who are backing up this advocacy, even if it takes bringing this up to
Congress or the Highest Court of the Land.
Def inition of Gay Marriage
Also known as same sex marriage, gay marriage is a
marriage between two persons of the same
biological sex or gender identity. In other words, it is
the union between man and man or woman and
woman according to their own individual liberty and
personal pref erence.
Marriage among gay can be perf ormed either
through a civil ceremony or religious setting as
there are various religious groups that support gay
marriage and allow same sex marriage ceremonies.
10 Facts about Gay Marriage
Marriage 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 its
and equal access similar to marriages between man and woman. T he f ollowing shows the dif f erent gay
marriage f acts:
Recognition of same sex marriage as a civil right has become a political, moral, social and religious
issue among a lot of countries. T hat is why the f irst laws allowing same sex marriage were only
enacted during early 2000.
Netherlands was the f irst country to allow gay marriage when same sex marriage bill was passed and
became 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 married
As of April 2013, there are only twelve countries that legally recognize and allow same sex couples to
marry – 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 ceremonies
to 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 get
married – Washington, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Maryland and
Massachusetts. Among these states, Massachusetts is the f irst state to allow gay marriage in 2004
with the Supreme Judicial Court ruling that it is unconstitutional to bar same sex couples f rom
Marriage among gay couples can only be perf ormed in Mexico City and Quintana Roo although the
Mexican 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 sex
couples, there are other legally recognized unions allowed such as civil partnership, civil union or
domestic partnership. Although there is still a separate status, this kind of union of f ers benef its and
legal consequences of marriage despite the non-perf ormance of the ceremony. Countries such as
United Kingdom, Australia, Colombia, New Z ealand, Germany, France and New Z ealand of f er this kind
of civil union.
According to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric
Association, the f inancial, physical and psychological well-being of couples of the same sex are
enhanced by marriage, thus making it benef icial f or children to be raised by gay partners. Further
studies even show that gay parents are f it and capable as heterosexual parents wherein the children
raised will be psychologically healthy and well-adjusted. In f act, the American Academy of Pediatrics
concludes that a child’s behavioral, emotional and psychosocial adjustment has nothing to do with
their parents’ sexual orientation.
Several studies show that same sex marriage in the United States has a link in increasing the HIV
rate, thus the reason why some states ban gay marriage.
T he Roman Catholic Church is among the biggest religious denomination who opposes and vows
strongly against same sex marriage