Gay Marriage

The beginning of the 21st century saw significant progress in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Since June 2015, all US states now recognize marriage between same-sex couples thanks to a Supreme Court ruling.

The United States Congress is currently sitting a proposal with the Equality Act to make discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation illegal. At this point in time the US does not have a federal law that outlaws discrimination against LGBT. From state to state there are variations in rights and discrimination still occurs in many jurisdictions and across rural areas.

On the 26th of June 2015, the adoption of children by same sex married couples became legal nationwide, bringing a sense of relief to couples in gay marriages who previously faced a childless future. Often, they would have to resort to in vitro fertilization, an expensive option, or surrogacy.

Many organizations are advocating civil rights for LGBT people in the US. The lobbying by these groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, among others, is aimed at securing full acceptance for their members and all LGBT people. These measures are necessary because although legally LGBT people’s rights are protected in the US, there still remains an undercurrent of discrimination in some areas and among certain groups of people.

Included in these groups are religious advocates and ordinary citizens who feel that marriage was designed for a man and a woman to create a family. They question the validity of same-sex marriages. While not necessarily against homosexual relationships they feel that gay marriage makes something of a mockery of the institution.

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