The June issue looks at how juvenile justice reform is changing the lives of young people the problem with teacher pay putting pensions under stress an interview with the House speaker in Maine and much more Current Issue At the Perry v Schwarzenegger trial expert witness Ilan Meyer testified that the mental health outcomes for gays and lesbians would improve if laws such as Proposition 8 did not exist because "when people are exposed to more stress they are more likely to get sick " and that particular situation is consistent with laws that say to gay people "you are not welcome here your relationships are not valued." Such laws have "significant power". The court’s federal DOMA decision triggered a challenge to New Jersey’s law providing only civil unions for same-sex couples. The earlier New Jersey Supreme Court decision had required the state to offer the same legal rights to same-sex couples that married opposite sex couples had The federal government did not recognize civil unions as s so couples in a civil union could not have access to the same federal benefits. The state district court ordered the state to allow same-sex couples to marry but delayed enforcement of the order for three weeks to allow the state to appeal. The state requested a further delay to allow it to prepare the appeal but both the district court and the state Supreme Court denied the request on the grounds that the state was unlikely to win on appeal The order to allow same-sex s went into effect and Governor Christie announced that the state would drop its appeal making same sex s legal in New Jersey. Two other studies examined personal reports from LGBT adults and their families living in Memphis Tennessee immediately after a successful 2006 ballot campaign banned same-sex Most respondents reported feeling alienated from their communities The studies also found that families experienced a kind of secondary minority stress says Jennifer Arm a counseling graduate student at the University of Memphis.[218] On J the Supreme Court ruled by a 6-3 in the case of Pavan v Smith that under their decision in Obergefell same-sex couples must be treated ly to opposite-sex couples in the issuance of birth certificates In December 2016 the Supreme Court of Arkansas upheld a state law only allowing opposite-sex couples to be automatically listed as parents on their children's birth certificates while prohibiting same-sex couples from being allowed the same on an basis The Supreme Court summarily reversed the Arkansas Supreme Court finding that the disparity in treatment was a violation of their decision in Obergefell.[181] Massachusetts which became the first US state to legalize gay in 2004 had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008 Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008 Alaska which altered its constitution to prohibit gay in 1998 saw a 17.2% increase in its divorce rate over the same period The seven states with the highest divorce rates between 2003 and 2008 all had constitutional prohibitions. I believe all Americans no matter their race no matter their sex no matter their sexual orientation should have that same freedom to marry  I am still not a political person but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love the commitment the fairness and the family that so many people black or white young or old gay or straight seek in life I support the freedom to marry for all That's what Loving and loving are. The United States of America is the most populous country in the world to have established same-sex nationwide Legalizing gay often leads to an end to domestic partnership benefits for gay and straight couples which disadvantages couples who choose. Prior to 2004 same-sex was not performed in any U.S jurisdiction It was subsequently legalized in different jurisdictions through legislation court rulings,[137] tribal council rulings,[138] and popular in referenda.[139][140][141] Before 1993 seven states had laws that defined as a relationship between a man and a woman After the Hawaii court decision raised the possibility that states could recognize same sex 32 state legislatures (including Hawaii) adopted statutory language defining as a relationship between a man and a woman including Alaska which adopted both a statute and the nation’s first constitutional provision prohibiting same-sex Nebraska adopted a constitutional provision limiting to relationships between a man and a woman As a result 40 states had statutory and/or constitutional provisions limiting to opposite-sex couples by the.

Since July 9 2015 married same-sex couples throughout the United States have access to all the federal benefits that married opposite-sex couples have.[144] The Human Rights Campaign the largest gay rights organization in the United States states that "many same-sex couples want the right to legally marry because they are in love — many in fact have spent the last 10 20 or 50 years with that person — and they want to honor their relationship in the greatest way our society has to offer by making a public commitment to stand together in good times and bad through all the joys and challenges family life brings."[83] United States case law regarding same-sex : During the 2008 presidential election campaign Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin stated: "I have d along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to to amend our Constitution defining as between one man and one woman I wish on a federal level that that's where we would go because I don't support gay "[130] The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) on May 21 named same-sex as "one of the key civil rights struggles of our time." [61] In 1967 the US Supreme Court unanimously confirmed in Loving v Virginia that is "one of the basic civil rights of man." [60] The White House website lists same-sex amongst a selection of civil rights along with freedom from employment discrimination pay for women and fair sentencing for minority criminals [118] Mildred Loving the joint plaintiff along with Richard Loving in the landmark civil rights case of Loving v Virginia in 1967 which struck down all state bans on interracial in the United States issued a statement on the 40th anniversary of ruling in 2007. Allowing gay couples to wed could further weaken the institution of Traditional is already threatened with high divorce rates. The Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell renders moot any remaining legal challenges as it specifically orders states to both issue licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize as valid s performed in other states.[142] Many religious leaders and churches support gay and say it is consistent with scripture Gene Robinson openly gay former Bishop of the. One of the largest scale uses of social media to mobilize support for same-sex preceded and coincided with the arrival at the U.S Supreme Court of high-profile legal cases for Proposition 8 and the Defense of Act in March 2013 The "red s sign" project started by the Human Rights Campaign was an electronic campaign primarily based on Facebook that encouraged users to change their profile images to a red sign to express support for same-sex [89] At the time of the court hearings it was estimated that approximately 2.5 million Facebook users changed their profile images to a red. The most prominent supporters of same-sex are human rights and civil rights organizations as well as the medical and scientific communities while the most prominent opponents are religious groups The ruling of the Supreme Court in Obergefell occurred following decades of consistently rising national public support for same-sex in the United States with support continuing to rise thereafter. Provides both physical and psychological health benefits and banning gay increases rates of psychological disorders The…. Legislative actions supporting same sex- continued in 2013. Rhode Island passed same-sex legislation and Governor Chafee signed the bill into law on May 2 2013 The bill converted civil unions to and recognizes civil unions and same sex from other jurisdictions The law went into effect Aug. 1 2013 Delaware passed same-sex legislation and Governor Markell signed the bill into law on May 7 2013 The law converts civil unions to and recognizes civil unions and same sex from other jurisdictions The law went into effect July 1 2013 Minnesota passed a law allowing same-sex in May 2013. The law went into effect. Gay legalization is correlated with lower divorce rates while gay bans are correlated with higher divorce rates Massachusetts…. The Population Reference Bureau reported that by October 2015 486,000 same-sex s had taken place in the United States It estimated that 45% of all same-sex couples in the country were married.[227] In June 2016 one year after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Obergefell v Hodges Gallup reported that nearly 1 million U.S adults were in same-sex s.[228] In June 2017 Gallup estimated that 10.6% of American LGBT adults were married compared to 13.6% of heterosexual adults Prior to Obergefell 7.6% of LGBT adults were married.[229] On J the U.S Supreme Court declined to decide the California challenge to Proposition 8 ruling on technical grounds that it did not have jurisdiction The effect of that decision was to reinstate the federal district court decision overturning Proposition 8 thus allowing same sex in California. Amid some confusion about timing same-sex s began shortly after the decision. In October 2006 the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the legislature to redefine to include same-sex couples or to establish a separate legal structure such as civil unions to give same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex couples.  The New Jersey legislature chose to create civil unions in 2007 which gave same-sex couples the same legal rights as married opposite sex couples New Hampshire legislation also created civil unions in 2007 making it the fourth state to adopt that approach.

Same-Sex couples face the same financial constraints of legal as opposite-sex married couples including the penalty in taxation.[209] While social service providers usually do not count one partner's assets toward the income means test for welfare and disability assistance for the other partner a legally married couple's joint assets are normally used in calculating whether a married individual qualifies for assistance.[209] In an interview on The O'Reilly Factor in August 2010 when Glenn Beck was asked if he "believe(s) that gay is a threat to [this] country in any way" he stated "No I don't I believe that Thomas Jefferson said: 'If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket what difference is it. Top European Union Court Rules EU Countries Must Recognize Foreign Gay s 6/5/2018 - The ruling stated that although EU countries may set their own same-sex laws they must recognize s performed in other countries. In April 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state's ban against same-sex was unconstitutional. Iowa began performing same-sex s in June 2009 In April 2009 the Vermont legislature passed a bill allowing same-sex Governor Douglas vetoed the bill but the veto was overridden by the legislature Vermont became the first state where the legislature without judicial mandate passed a statute to allow same-sex The Maine Legislature passed and Governor Baldacci signed legislation in May 2009 allowing same sex Opponents however successfully petitioned a referendum on the issue for the November ballot Same-sex s were delayed pending the ballot outcome rs approved the referendum effectively repealing the law in November 2009   New Hampshire also passed same-sex legislation in June 2009 bringing the total number of states that allowed same-sex. There is also a federal appeals court ruling to uphold states' ban on same-sex On Nov. 6 2014 a federal appeals court judge in the 6th U.S Circuit upheld four states' bans on same-sex The opinion upholds bans in Kentucky Michigan Ohio and Tennessee The decision is the first by a federal appeals court to uphold the bans. The U.S Supreme Court has agreed to hear the four cases The court is expected to hear arguments in April and make a decision in June on whether it is constitutional for states to prohibit same-sex and whether states may refuse to recognize same-sex s lawfully performed out. South Carolina Illinois Utah Indiana Vermont Iowa Virginia Kansas Washington Maine West Virginia Maryland Wisconsin When a U.S district court invalidated the California referendum that ended same-sex s there in 2008 former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said it showed "an outrageous disrespect for our Constitution and for the majority of people of the United States who believe is the union of husband and wife".[131] By the end of Gingrich was prepared to accept civil—but not religious—same-sex s and encouraged the Republican Party to accept the fact of same-sex was certain to become legal in more and more states.[132] The institution of has traditionally been defined as being between a man and a woman In upholding gay bans in Kentucky Michigan. People should not have their tax dollars used to support something they believe is wrong Peter S Sprigg MDiv Senior Fellow for Policy Studies…. In Nov 2003 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that barring same-sex couples from civil was unconstitutional The Senate then asked the court for an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of a proposed law that would bar same-sex couples from civil but would create civil unions as a parallel institution with all the same benefits protections rights and responsibilities under law In February the court answered "segregating same-sex unions from opposite-sex unions cannot possibly be held rationally to advance or preserve" the governmental aim of encouraging "stable adult relationships for the good of the individual and of the community especially its children." Under this decision the state of Massachusetts began issuing licenses to same-sex couples in May 2004.  It was the first state to do so In 2005 Connecticut became the second state to enact a state law providing civil unions to same-sex couples. New Jersey Arizona New Mexico California New York Colorado North Carolina Connecticut Oklahoma Delaware Oregon Florida Pennsylvania Hawaii Rhode Island Idaho Note: This table shows only states that licensed and recognized same-sex s or had legalized them before Obergefell v Hodges It does not include states that recognized same-sex s from other jurisdictions but did not license them. Legalizing gay advances the "homosexual agenda" and unfairly paints opponents as bigots The Illinois Family Institute states that if gay…. Is for procreation and should not be extended to same-sex couples because they cannot produce children together Allowing gay would. A study by the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health found that gay men in Massachusetts visited health clinics significantly less often following the legalization of same-sex in. Children need both a mother and a father Girls who are raised apart from their fathers are reportedly at higher risk for early sexual activity and. The Maine initiative and the Washington and Maryland referendum s to uphold the same-sex laws marked a watershed. They were the first instances of public s to establish same-sex  On the same date Minnesota rs d against a constitutional prohibition of same-sex s. Those four s reversed a long trend of public s against same sex  Previously rs in 32 states had consistently d to limit same-sex  Thirty states had enacted constitutional provisions to define as a relationship between a man and a woman and prohibit same-sex s. Between 1998 and May only one public out of 32 had not supported restrictions on same-sex (In 2006 Arizona rs rejected a constitutional provision prohibiting same-sex and then approved a prohibition. In 2017 according to a Public Religion Research Institute state-by-state poll there was majority support for same-sex in 44 states plurality support in 4 states plurality opposition in 1 state and majority opposition in 1 state.[63] Continual polling by Gallup has shown that support for same-sex has grown rapidly while opposition has collapsed In 1996 68% of Americans opposed same-sex while only 27% supported In 2018 67% of Americans supported same-sex while only 31% opposed.[64] The New Jersey Legislature passed a same-sex bill in February but the measure was vetoed by Governor Christie The legislature had until January 2014 to override the veto with two-thirds of the Assembly and Senate needed to do so. With the state court decision in October 2013 that the state must recognize same-sex New Jersey officials are considering whether to pass legislation on same-sex to answer some questions left unanswered in the court decision Maryland passed a same-sex bill in February that was signed by Governor O’Malley on March 1 Opponents of the legislation obtained enough signatures to file a referendum challenging the law.  rs upheld the law and it went into effect on Jan. 1 2013. Same-Sex is a civil right The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) on May 21 named same-sex. The NAACP the veteran African-American civil rights organization has pledged its support for gay rights and same-sex stating that they "support ity consistent with protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution".[84] Officials of nine counties in two states Texas and Alabama are still unwilling to issue licenses to same-sex couples as of June 2017 Those wishing to marry within the state must travel to another part of the state in order to obtain a license However some counties may require at least one person to be a resident of the county in order to receive a license.[175] Is a privilege not a right The US Constitution contains no explicit right to marry The European Court of Human Rights ruled on June 24…. Same-Sex couples should have access to the same benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples There are 1,138 benefits rights and protections. The status of same-sex remains in flux All states have some court case pending on the topic Five of those states’ cases were pending before the U.S Supreme Court The Supreme Court decided not to hear the cases thereby allowing the decisions from the 4th 7th and 10th U.S Circuit Courts of Appeal to stand That meant same-sex couples could marry in five more states—Indiana Oklahoma Utah Virginia and Wisconsin The following day the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down same-sex bans in Nevada. On Nov. 5 the Illinois House passed SB 10 which had already passed in the Illinois Senate. For several months House leaders had delayed the over concerns the bill might not have enough support. Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation on Nov. 20.  Same-sex s were set to begin. Latest Development: The U.S Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot ban same-sex thereby requiring all states to issue licenses to same-sex couples Background and History: State legislatures rs and more recently the courts have made sweeping changes over the past two decades in laws defining whether is limited to relationships between a man and a woman or is extended to same-sex couples Before the U.S Supreme Court ruling on Oct 6 2014 declining to hear cases on same-sex 31 states had either constitutional or statutory provisions that explicitly defined as between a man and a woman and just 19 states and the District of Columbia allowed same-sex Now at least 37 states and D.C recognize same-sex Cambodia: · 50 communes Costa Rica Israel Japan: · 7 cities Poland San Marino United Kingdom: · Cayman Islands Based in part on research that has been conducted on the adverse effects of stigmatization of gays and lesbians numerous prominent social science organizations have issued position statements supporting same-sex and opposing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; these organizations include the American Psychoanalytic Association and the American Psychological Association.[213] In November rs in Maine approved a ballot measure legalizing same-sex It is the first time rs had been asked to legalize same-sex rather than prohibit it The measure went into effect Dec. 29 Ultimately I think the Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex in all fifty states But as you know courts have always been strategic There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court like a thunderbolt issues a ruling like Brown v Board of Education but that's pretty rare And given the direction of society for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting. 7700 East First Place Denver CO 80230 Tel: 303-364-7700 | Fax: 303-364-7800 Washington 444 North Capitol Street N.W Suite 515 Washington D.C 20001 Tel: 202-624-5400 | Fax: 202-737-1069 The concept of "traditional " has changed over time and the definition of as always being between one man and one woman is historically. Supporters of the legalization of same-sex have successfully used social media websites such as Facebook to help achieve that goal.[85][86][87] Some have argued that the successful use of social media websites by LGBT groups has played a key role in the defeat of religion-based opposition.[88] Legalizing gay could lead down a "slippery slope," giving people in polygamous incestuous bestial and other nontraditional…. A Washington Post-ABC News poll from February–March 2014 found a record high of 59% of Americans approved of same-sex with only 34% opposed and 7% with no opinion.[54] In May 2013 a Gallup poll showed that 53% of Americans would to establish same-sex in all 50 states Three previous readings over the course of a year consistently showed support at 50% or above Gallup noted: "Just three years ago support for gay was 44% The current 53% level of support is essentially double the 27% in Gallup's initial measurement on. Montana Guam Nevada       Gay s can bring financial gain to federal state and local governments and can help boost the economy Government revenue from. The most prominent opponents of same-sex in the United States have been The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Catholic Church (represented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Organization for The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 19 2013 that same-sex couples are allowed to marry Before the ruling New Mexico was the only state without a law or constitutional provision explicitly banning or allowing same-sex Some county officials had issued licenses to same-sex couples in previous years After the U.S Supreme Court ruling in June 2013 the state asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to make a decision regarding their state policy The state Supreme Court heard arguments in October and ruled on Dec. 19 2013 that same-sex couples in the state were allowed to marry The ruling went into effect immediately.

Several psychological studies[214][215][216] have shown that an increase in exposure to negative conversations and media messages about same-sex creates a harmful environment for the LGBT population that may affect their health and well-being. One study surveyed more than 1,500 lesbian gay and bisexual adults across the nation and found that respondents from the 25 states that have outlawed same-sex had the highest reports of "minority stress"—the chronic social stress that results from minority-group stigmatization—as well as general psychological distress According to the study the negative campaigning that comes with a ban is directly responsible for the increased stress Past research has shown that minority stress is linked to health risks such as risky sexual behavior and substance abuse.[217] Hawaii held a special session in October and November to consider same-sex legislation. The Senate passed the initial bill on Oct 30. The House Finance and Judiciary Committees held joint hearings that ran five days (55 hours of testimony) and included more than 1,000 people testifying On Nov. 8 the House passed the Senate bill with an amendment that strengthened exemptions that allow religious organizations to not provide facilities goods or services for the or celebration of the if it violates their religious beliefs. The Senate agreed to the amendment. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the legislation on Nov 13. It took effect on Dec. 2 2013. On the same day the Supreme Court decided a challenge to the federal DOMA law that limited over one thousand federal benefits to s defined as a relationship between a man and a woman It ruled that the restriction violated protection and due process for married same-sex couples. The decision emphasized the dominance of state law defining and required the federal government to recognize same-sex s granted under state law Federal agencies are now working through the challenges of how to deal with same-sex couples married in a state that allows same-sex but who now live in a state that does not allow same-sex Is not only for procreation otherwise infertile couples or couples not wishing to have children would be prevented from marrying Ability. In 2009 a pair of economists at Emory University tied the passage of state bans on same-sex in the US to an increase in the rates of HIV infection.[220][221] The study linked the passage of same-sex ban in a state to an increase in the annual HIV rate within that state of roughly 4 cases per 100,000 population. Gay will accelerate the assimilation of gays into mainstream heterosexual culture to the detriment of the homosexual community The gay. Denying some people the option to marry is discriminatory and creates a second class of citizens On J Miami-Dade County Circuit Court…. Gay couples make good parents A June 2014 peer-reviewed University of Melbourne study showed that children raised by same-sex parents score about. A CNN poll conducted on Febru found that 63% of Americans believed gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry up from 49% in August 2010.[52] A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted from April 16 to 20 2015 found that 61% of Americans supported allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.[53] Legalizing gay will not harm the institution of and same-sex s may even be more stable than heterosexual s A study. According to the Federal Government's Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2004 more than 1,138 rights and protections are conferred to U.S citizens upon by the Federal Government; areas affected include Social Security benefits veterans' benefits health insurance Medicaid hospital visitation estate taxes retirement savings pensions family leave and immigration law.[143] Gay bans cause humiliation and uncertainty for children being raised by same-sex couples In ruling Texas' gay ban unconstitutional. In December 2009 the District of Columbia Council passed a same-sex law subject to a congressional review period The law took effect in March 2010 In June 2011 the New York Assembly passed legislation allowing same-sex Governor Andrew Cuomo immediately signed the legislation The law took effect 30 days after signing making same-sex s available in New York in late July 2011 The pace of state legislative action quickened in  The Washington state Legislature and governor approved legislation in February establishing same-sex In June opponents gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot in November rs upheld the law and same-sex s began on Dec. 6 Is an outmoded oppressive institution that should be weakened not expanded LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual and transgender) activist. Compared to similarly situated opposite-sex married couples same-sex couples faced the following financial and legal disadvantages: The funding of the amendment referendum campaigns has been an issue of great dispute Both judges[96][97] and the IRS[98] have ruled that it is either questionable or illegal for campaign contributions to be shielded by anonymity. Gay is protected by the US Constitution's commitments to liberty and ity The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in the 1974 case Cleveland Board. Is an internationally recognized human right for all people Since 1888 the US Supreme Court has declared 14 times that is a fundamental. Civil unions and domestic partnerships can provide the protections and benefits gay couples need without changing the definition of …. Homosexuality is immoral and unnatural J Matt Barber Associate Dean for Online Programs at Liberty University School of Law stated that "Every…. The public national discussion around same-sex first began in 1993 when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated state constitutional protection rights unless the state could show a "compelling reason" for such discrimination Since that time many states have taken actions to clearly define as a relationship between a man and a woman and others have allowed same-sex couples. Some 7,400 companies were offering spousal benefits to same-sex couples as of 2008[update] In states that recognized same-sex s same-sex couples could continue to receive those same benefits only if they married.[212] Only 18% of private employers offered domestic partner health care benefits.[210] Legal is a secular institution that should not be limited by religious objections to same-sex Religious institutions can decline. The legal issues surrounding same-sex in the United States are determined by the nation's federal system of government in which the status of a person including marital status is determined in large measure by the individual states Prior to 1996 the Federal Government did not define ; any recognized by a state was recognized by the Federal Government even if that was not recognized by one or more states as was the case until 1967 with interracial which some states banned by statute. The Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex in the states and territories did not legalize same-sex on Indian lands In the United States Congress (not the federal courts) has legal authority over Indian country Thus unless Congress passes a law regarding same-sex on Indian tribes federally recognized American Indian tribes have the legal right to form their own laws.[182] As of the time of the Obergefell ruling 24 tribal jurisdictions legally recognize same-sex Some tribes have passed legislation specifically addressing same-sex relationships and some specify that state law and jurisdiction govern tribal s As of November 2017 same-sex is legally recognized in 40 tribal jurisdictions. Gay is contrary to the word of God and is incompatible with the beliefs sacred texts and traditions of many religious groups The Bible in….