Accepting this fact will energise couples to
work at bringing stress level in the marriage to the lowest.
Just 10 years ago, the only way a lesbian or gay worker could hope to obtain health insurance for a partner through an employer was through "domestic partner benefits." At that time, only one state permitted same-sex couples to
marry, making spousal health benefits an impossibility for most.
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"].
I do not believe that effective protection for live-together couples will undermine marriage, but I do believe that new laws for unmarried couples should safeguard the vulnerable while allowing live-together couples to
make a clean break when they split.
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.
While he is confident that his recent marketing and PR efforts will generate business leads, he is hedging his bets with another concept--the "anniversary wedding." 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." Those couples in which both partners were men or both were women are considered to be "same-sex couples" or "households" for purposes of research.
A rally in Boston on May 17 linked the marrying of same sex couples to
the commemoration of the Brown decision.
The constitutional and legal arguments that support his thesis also support the proposition that those who purport to act as agents of the state in performing marriages should be required to recognize the equal right of all licensed couples to
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.