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News about same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times. A court in Bulgaria has ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who married in France, in a case that recognized gay marriage for the first time in the conservative country. The votes set the stage for changes that would liberalize laws in Northern Ireland and drag the region into line with the rest of the United Kingdom.
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On June 26,the U. The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage nationwide, including in the 14 states that did not previously allow gays and lesbians to wed. As we approach the fourth anniversary of the ruling, here are five key facts about same-sex marriage:.
A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not.
Reuters - The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform. Known as the Traditional Plan, the new policy includes penalties for breaking its rules and asks those who will not obey it to find another church. The Traditional Plan is designed to serve as a coherent United Methodist Church policy on LGBT clergy and their marriage practices after years of inconsistency among individual United Methodist churches, with some churches denouncing homosexuality as a sin and others embracing gay and lesbian clergy members.
In a number of countries that have recently legalized same-sex marriage, the impetus for legal change came through the courts. In the United States, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in a ruling. Explore our fact sheet to learn more about same-sex laws around the world.
Same-sex marriage has been legalized in in twenty-seven countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Yet same-sex marriage remains banned in many countries, and the expansion of broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights has been uneven globally. International organizations, including the United Nations, have issued resolutions in support of LGBT rights, but human rights groups say these organizations have limited power to enforce these newly recognized rights.
Despite growing public support for gay marriage in the international financial hub, campaigners have made little headway against staunch opposition from the city's successive pro-Beijing governments and religious conservatives. A Hong Kong woman, known only as MK, is suing the government for denying her right to enter into a civil partnership with her female partner, arguing the ban is unconstitutional. Defending the current ban, government lawyer Stewart Wong told the court Wednesday May 29 that marriage would be "diluted and diminished" and "no longer special" if that right was granted to same-sex couples.