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July 2013. This article features in Episode 14 of the Australian Social Trends Podcast series.Listen to the episode, or subscribe to the series, here , or via Source: 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

July 2013

What are the benefits of same-sex marriage? 12 Reasons Why Marriage Equality Matters (click to expand) Australia’s ban on same-sex marriage doesn’t only disadvantage those same-sex partners who seek to marry.

12 Reasons Why Marriage Equality Matters (click to expand)

It disadvantages all same-sex attracted Australians, including those who are not in a relationship, or who would not marry, even if they could. It does this by treating them as legally unequal to their heterosexual counterparts, and by not allowing them the same life choices. Governments restrictions on who gay and lesbian Australians can marry violates their fundamental human rights in the same way the rights of Aboriginal Australians of African Americans were once violated by laws which prevented from marrying who they wished.

Gay Marriage Around the World. Updated September 2, 2014 Navigate this report: A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages.

Gay Marriage Around the World

More than a dozen countries currently have national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In two other countries, including the United States, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not. Same-sex marriage status in the United States. How many same-sex marriages in the U.S.? At least 71,165, probably more.

Today, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s key section, which prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages and denied same-sex couples who were married under state law a panoply of federal benefits — from favorable tax treatment to the ability to be buried together in veterans’ cemeteries — that are available to opposite-sex married couples.

How many same-sex marriages in the U.S.? At least 71,165, probably more

Which got us wondering: How many same-sex marriages have there been in the United States since 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize them? Our best estimate: At least 71,165, but almost certainly more. Gathering reliable figures on same-sex marriages turns out to be a lot trickier than one might think — largely because, as Justice Kennedy wrote in his DOMA opinion, “[b]y history and tradition the definition and regulation of marriage…has been treated as being within the authority and realm of the separate States.”

California presents a special case. Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in South Carolina. Gay marriage and the future of human sexuality – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics. The controversy surrounding gay marriage has now reached a fever pitch in countries like Australia and the UK, as governments have begun to move past debate and towards legislative change.

Gay marriage and the future of human sexuality – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics

While such intensity can have the benefit of clarifying just what is at stake - on both sides of the argument - it can also obscure some of the deeper, intrinsically related issues. So, in the UK, the arguments put forward by the coalition government in favour of legalising gay marriage have been, appropriately, at once liberal and conservative. In liberal terms it is seen as a matter of equal rights; in conservative terms a matter of promoting the good of faithful, long-term relationships for homosexual as well as heterosexual people.

Judge overturns Montana's ban on same-sex marriage. April Dawn Breeden, left, and longtime partner Crystal Peairs are married by the Rev.

Judge overturns Montana's ban on same-sex marriage

Katie Hotze-Wilton at St. Louis City Hall on Wednesday, November 5. A Missouri judge on November 5 overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriages and ordered registrars to start issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples. At-a-glance: Same-sex marriage around the world. Various countries and jurisdictions around the world have legally formalised same-sex marriages, while others recognise the unions but do not allow instruments of the state to perform them.

At-a-glance: Same-sex marriage around the world

Full legalisation Since 2001, 19 countries have legalised same-sex marriage, affording full recognition and rights to couples entering into them. (Image: Freedom to marry) They are (in chronological order): Netherlands (April 1, 2001) Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba) Belgium (June 1, 2003) Spain (July 3, 2005) Canada (July 20, 2005) South Africa (2006) Norway (January 1, 2009) Sweden (May 1, 2009) Portugal (June 5, 2010) Iceland (June 27, 2010) Senator David Leyonhjelm makes personal plea to Tony Abbott in push for same-sex marriage conscience vote. More videos available at the News video hub Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal explaining how his Fat Duck restaurant is going to work in Melbourne Logan snake catcher Grant Browne captures a red belly black snake after it slithered into a woman's handbag.

Senator David Leyonhjelm makes personal plea to Tony Abbott in push for same-sex marriage conscience vote

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Poll shows growing support for same-sex marriage

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Same-sex marriage

Gay Marriage: The Tide Has Turned. Will the Supreme Court Listen?  The Supreme Court may soon be pushed, however reluctantly, to address the question of whether there's a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. So far, it has punted on the issue. But last week, gay and lesbian couples filed petitions asking the court to rule on the matter now that federal appeals courts have issued contradictory decisions.

They hope the court will hear their case before the current session ends in June.