We at the American Civil Liberties Union were pleased that in the January 16 issue The Advocate acknowledged the couples who bravely put their lives in the spotlight to fight for the right of same-sex couples to
marry in 2006 ["The Plaintiff Couples"].
Inspired in part by her own and her husband's quirky needs, Roney says that as she has been traveling to promote the book, she has asked couples to
name the one thing belonging to the spouse that they would love to get rid of.
Since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has encouraged couples to
personalize the ceremony with readings and hymns of their own choosing, which can be quite meaningful.
We're talking about language that very clearly bans civil unions and very broadly will ban anything and everything that would be a way for couples to
protect each other," says Leslie Shear, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-chair of the school's Family Law Project.
Mississippi and Utah allow only married couples to
adopt, a restriction geared in both cases to exclude gay couples.
In light of this, it is crucial for counselors to help individuals in same-sex, dual-earner couples to
find role models outside the family and to connect with social support and resources in the community (Pope, 1995).
The couple recently registered as domestic partners in New Jersey, the fourth state to enable same-sex couples to
gain next-of-kin rights, file joint state tax returns and have access to hospital visitation, among other things.
The idea is for Japanese older couples to
have a Western-style wedding decades after their first one, which may have been cut price.
However, in 1990 and 2000 the Census allowed same-sex cohabiting couples to
identify themselves as "unmarried partners.
In some cases--not all, since, again, there is no standard--the registries "allow same-sex couples to
obtain certain rights and benefits traditionally associated with marriage, such as hospital and jail visitation, child-care leave, and certain parental rights," reports the Human Rights Campaign.
The Ombudsman against Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation, a non-governmental public body set up by the country's parliament in 1999, in November called for a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to
get married under the same conditions as heterosexual couples.
custody As challenging as it might sometimes be for same-sex couples to
create a family, keeping the family together can be equally challenging.
Therefore, expensive, professional services, as high profile, well trained, and marketable as they are, do lessen the opportunities for married couples to
respond to God's call, their vocation to minister and give witness out of their reality for His sake.
Though it might not sound very romantic, experts encourage young couples to
consult a financial planner before marriage to devise a comprehensive plan.
Numerous scholarly books and research papers have been published in recent months demonstrating how allowing same-sex couples to
marry produces positive health benefits for the couples--and how denying it has the opposite effect.