In , Thomas Jefferson proposed a law that would mandate castration for gay men and mutilation of nose cartilage for gay women. But that's not the scary part. Here's the scary part: Jefferson was considered a liberal. At the time, the most common penalty on the books was death.
Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: 'Sure, Who Cares'
Top 10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage Should Be Legal
As two major Supreme Court decisions about same-sex marriage Proposition 8 and DOMA loom on the horizon, it's an opportune time to refocus attention on the many advantages associated with the pursuit and achievement of marriage equaility. Millions of LGBT people contribute daily to American life in a multitude of ways culturally, socially, financially, politically, vocationally, and spiritually. We are fundamental to this nation's continued growth and evolution and the U. The legalization of same-sex marriage affirms the inherent worthiness of LGBT people as valued American citizens deserving of equal rights under the law. This promotion of equality and non-discrimination plays an extremely important role in reducing homophobia and in affirming a minority group in society which has for so long endured significant discrimination and stigmatization. Legalizing same-sex marriage communicates to millions of people across the country that gay relationships are of equal value to straight relationships, thereby helping to reduce intergroup prejudice and supporting cultural diversity. Same-sex couples are excluded from the institution of marriage in 38 states.
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Same-sex marriage in Canada was progressively introduced in several provinces by court decisions beginning in before being legally recognized nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act on July 20, On June 10, , the Court of Appeal for Ontario issued a decision immediately legalizing same-sex marriage in Ontario, thereby becoming the first province where it was legal. The introduction of a federal gender-neutral marriage definition made Canada the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside Europe , to legally recognize same-sex marriage throughout its borders. More than 3, same-sex couples had already married in those areas before the Civil Marriage Act was passed.
In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America.