Monday, 20 January 2014

Same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage is wedding between two persons of the same biological sex and/or gender identity. Legal acknowledgment of same-sex marriage or the possibility to perform a same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality or equal marriage, mainly by supporters.


The first laws in modern times allowing same-sex marriage was passed during the first decade of the 21st century. As of 19 August 2013, 15 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark (excluding the Faroe Islands and Greenland), France, Iceland, Netherlands (Aruba, Curacao and St Marten), New Zealand (including Ross Dependency, but excluding Tokelau, Niue, and the Cook Islands), Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay), and several sub-national authorities (parts of Mexico and the United States), allow same-sex pairs to marry. 

A law has been passed by the United Kingdom, effective in England and Wales, which is anticipated to be fully in force in 2014. Polls in diverse countries show that there is growing support for lawfully identifying same-sex marriage across race, ethnicity, age, religion, political affiliation, and socioeconomic class.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage or equal marriage, is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or gender identity. Legal recognition of same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality, particularly by supporters.

Since 2001, eleven countries (Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden) and several sub-national jurisdictions (parts of Brazil, Mexico and the United States) allow same-sex couples to marry. Bills legalizing same-sex marriage have been proposed, are pending, or have passed at least one legislative house in Andorra, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Nepal, New Zealand, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay as well as in the legislatures of several sub-national jurisdictions (in Scotland as well as parts of Australia, Mexico, and the United States).

Introduction of same-sex marriage has varied by jurisdiction, being variously accomplished through a legislative change to marriage laws, a court ruling based on constitutional guarantees of equality, or by direct popular vote (via a ballot initiative or a referendum). The recognition of same-sex marriage is a political, social, civil-rights and religious issue in many nations, and debates continue to arise over whether same-sex couples should be allowed marriage, be required to hold a different status (a civil union), or be denied recognition of such rights. Allowing same-gender couples to legally marry is considered to be one of the most important of all LGBT rights.

Same-sex marriages can be performed in a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting. Various religious groups around the world conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies; for example: Quakers, Episcopalians, the Metropolitan Community Church, the United Church of Christ, the United Church of Canada, Reform and Conservative Jews, Wiccans, Druids, Unitarian Universalists and Native American religions with a two-spirit tradition.

Studies conducted in several countries indicate that support for the legalization of same-sex marriage increases with higher levels of education and that support is strong among younger people. Additionally, polls show that there is rising support for same-sex marriage globally across all races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political affiliations, socioeconomic statuses, etc

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Marriage

Marriage (also called matrimony or wedlock) is a social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship. The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but is usually an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged. Such a union is often formalized via a wedding ceremony. In terms of legal recognition, most sovereign states and other jurisdictions limit marriage to two persons of opposite sex or gender in the gender binary, and some of these allow polygynous marriage. In the 21st century, several countries and some other jurisdictions have legalized same-sex marriage. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity.

People marry for many reasons, including: legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious. These might include arranged marriages, family obligations, the legal establishment of a nuclear family unit, the legal protection of children and public declaration of commitment.

The act of marriage usually creates normative or legal obligations between the individuals involved. Some cultures allow the dissolution of marriage through divorce or annulment. Polygamous marriages may also occur in spite of national laws.

Marriage can be recognized by a state, an organization, a religious authority, a tribal group, a local community or peers. It is often viewed as a contract. Civil marriage is the legal concept of marriage as a governmental institution irrespective of religious affiliation, in accordance with marriage laws of the jurisdiction. Forced marriages are illegal in some jurisdictions.

Wednesday, 27 April 2005

Pick A Side, Any Side

Pick A Side, Any Side
According to The New York Times the founder of Microsoft indicated recently that Microsoft may change its position, again, and support lesbian and gay rights.

Pick a side Bill, any side. Just choose one and stick with it.

Although Microsoft's waffling may seem like a good thing for the lesbian and gay community, it doesn't appear that way to me. I mean, since Microsoft had recently changed its stance after years of supporting the gay community and then abruptly changed it because repressive "Christians" may reduce their financial support by not purchasing Microsoft products any longer, then for Gates to indicate something different... The truth be told: the only thing on Gates' mind is money, not what is right, just and fair...just money.

I think Microsoft has finally divulged where they stand: on the fence. Fence-sitting is the easy way out for those who do not stand for anything at all. Microsoft cannot be trusted as a faithful ally to the gay Christian community. They serve mammon, not God.

Bill Gates has proven time and again that he is loyal to no one but himself (and his money).

Wake up queers. Open your eyes. Otherwise you will be prey to every kind of deception.

Monday, 25 April 2005

Microsoft Turns Back On Anti-discrimination Bill

Microsoft's CEO sent an e-mail to employees breaking the news that Microsoft has no intentions of supporting equality for all regardless of sexual orientation because it is not within Microsoft's objectives this year, which is to dominate the software world and make billions more dollars for Bill.

Published on SeattlePI.com and written by Associated Press writer Elizabeth M. Gillespie on Saturday was the tale of the greedy giant who sat out on the anti-discrimination bill because it would be bad for business. What do you expect from a company built by a man who worships the buck? ...and as we know, will stop at nothing to get it - even a call to do what is right.

Well if queers in Seattle can't even get a bill passed for equitable and fair housing and employment for GLBT persons, then gay marriage seems completely out of the question.

And if Microsoft is saying - in so many words - that it doesn't give a damn about standing up for equal rights because doing so may bring down profit margins then Seattlites may need to take a closer look at their long-time neighbor and ask some important questions.