Same Sex Marriages Proposed Legalization

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The proposed legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most
significant issues in contemporary American family law. Presently, it is one of
the most vigorously advocated reforms discussed in law reviews, one of the most
explosive political questions facing lawmakers, and one of the most provocative
issues emerging before American courts. If same-sex marriage is legalized, it
could be one of the most revolutionary policy decisions in the history of
American family law. The potential consequences, positive or negative, for
children, parents, same-sex couples, families, social structure public health,
and the status of women are enormous. Given the importance of the issue, the
value of comprehensive debate of the reasons for... View More »

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Finland provides governmental social benefits to
same-sex partners. Belgium allows gay prisoners the right to have conjugal
visits from same-sex partners. An overwhelming majority of European nations have
granted partial legal status to homosexual relationships. The European
Parliament also has passed a resolution calling for equal rights for gays and
In the United States, efforts to legalize same-sex domestic partnership
have had some, limited success. The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.
reported that by mid-1995, thirty-six municipalities, eight counties, three
states, five state agencies, and two federal agencies extended some benefits to,
or registered for some official purposes, same-sex domestic partnerships. In
1994, the California legislature passed a domestic partnership bill that
provided official state registration of same-sex couples and provided limited
marital rights and privileges relating to hospital visitation, wills and estates,
and powers of attorney. While California's Governor Wilson eventually vetoed
the bill, its passage by the legislature represented a notable political
achievement for advocates of same-sex marriage.
The most significant prospects for legalizing same-sex marriage in the
near future are in Hawaii, where advocates of same-sex marriage have won a major
judicial victory that could lead to the judicial legalization of same-sex
marriage or to legislation authorizing same-sex domestic partnership in that
state. In 1993, the Hawaii Supreme Court, in Baehr v. Lewin, vacated a state
circuit ...

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