The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states. But it has been a long and bumpy road for gay rights proponents, who are still advocating for employment, housing and transgender rights.
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Same-sex marriage is legal in all parts of the United Kingdom. As marriage is a devolved legislative matter , different parts of the UK legalised same-sex marriage at different times; it has been recognised and performed in England and Wales since March , in Scotland since December , and in Northern Ireland since January Same-sex marriage is legal in nine of the fourteen British Overseas Territories. Civil partnerships were legalised in the Cayman Islands on 4 September
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Although a draft was completed in November, this had to undergo review by other government stakeholders that changes to existing laws would touch upon the jurisdictions of, such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice, and the Mainland Affairs Council. Currently Taiwan only allows gay marriages between Taiwanese and foreigners that come from countries that have also legalized gay marriage. The changes to the laws still require one member of a same-sex couple that wishes to be married to be Taiwanese, perhaps hoping to minimize the possibility of international incidents offending countries that have not legalized gay marriage if a foreign gay couple were to get married in Taiwan. The changes to the laws would lift the requirement for the foreign member of the couple to also be from a country that has legalized gay marriage. It is a question as to whether the changes will clear the legislature, again, given the potential to offend countries that have not legalized gay marriage.
Prior to their decision, same-sex marriage was already legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining Proponents of legal gay marriage contend that gay marriage bans are discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should have access to all the benefits enjoyed by different-sex couples. Opponents contend that marriage has traditionally been defined as being between one man and one woman, and that marriage is primarily for procreation. Read more background…. As David S.