Status of same-sex marriage and Same-sex union legislation. On 11 FebruaryParliament approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The first two decades of the 21st century saw same-sex marriage receive support from prominent figures in the civil rights movementincluding Coretta Scott KingJohn LewisJulian Bondand Mildred Loving. Finally, he is further wrong that he is being forced to acknowledge a gay relationship on a personal level. The first foreign same-sex marriage was registered on 29 April and the first civil union was performed on 14 June Same-sex marriage is also due to become legal in Costa Rica. The NAACPthe leading African-American civil rights organization, has pledged its support for gay rights and same-sex marriage, stating that they "support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution", and has declared that same-sex marriage is a civil right.
A church can discriminate -- and they do so all the time, even when it comes to weddings.
The Netherlands was the first country to extend marriage laws to include same-sex couples, following the recommendation of a special commission appointed to investigate the issue in There is ample evidence to show that children raised by same-gender parents fare as well as those raised by heterosexual parents. On 5 Januarya court in Changshasouthern Hunan Provinceagreed to hear the lawsuit of year-old Sun Wenlin filed in December against the Bureau of Civil Affairs of Furong District for its June refusal to let him marry his year-old male partner, Hu Mingliang. When a person acts as though a spouse is little more than a random stranger, that will normally be perceived as an insult — and with good reason.
Such people are then free to enter or re-enter civil partnerships or marriages in accordance with their newly recognized gender identity.