States/Nations Same Sex Marriage/Unions Lists

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Love is love and yes, its as simple as that, America! Yet around the world relationships are being unfairly dissected by the “majority” in biased attempts to determine if it is “acceptable” enough to take it to the alter.  Tell me how can anyone who stands for racial equality and/or women’s rights NOT believe in same sex marriage? Our biggest problem is that we are so involved in everyone else’s affairs that we can’t focus on pertinent issues such as the economy, overcrowding of prisons/jails, the education and welfare of our youth, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, teen pregnancy, rape, molestation, murder and other tragedies that are gaining enough momentum to erase our childrens’ future.

Discrimination is discrimination regardless of how you try to philosophize or regulate it. Although I am a straight woman, I sincerely believe we all should have the right to enjoy the same legal union which our neighbors do and judging by the rate of divorce in the USA, how dare we place limits on who can and cannot be wed! Imagine how our ancestors who fought to destroy racial marriage boundaries are turning in their graves now! There was a time when Jim Crow laws prevented recognition of African American marriages (without the “owners” permission), hence the tradition of “jumping the broom”. In most states our vows read “until death or circumstances separate us” as opposed to “till death do us part” because we could still be sold away from one another. The first laws banning interracial marriage were introduced in the late seventeenth century but as of the year 2000, the U.S. Census reports 1,432,908 Hispanic Origin-white marriages, 504,119 Asian-white marriages, 287,576 black-white marriages, 97,822 Hispanic Origin-black marriages, 40,317 Asian-Hispanic Origin marriages, and 31,271 Asian-black marriages. That would equal over 2 million marriages that would have never transpired. Think about it…

Take a look at the list of the states/nations that do/do not recognize same sex marriages and unions after the jump. America, we got a loooooooong way to go…

States that recognize same-sex marriage:
Massachusetts: May 17, 2004
Maine: May 6, 2008
New York: May 29, 2008
Iowa: April 03, 2009
Vermont: April 7, 2009
District of Columbia: April 07, 2009
Connecticut: April 23, 2009
New Hampshire: April 29, 2009

US States that allow same-sex partnerships or unions:
New Jersey: February 19, 2007
Oregon
Washington: April 21, 2007*
*All the rights and benefits of full marriage on April 16, 2009

Nations that recognize same-sex marriage
Canada: June 2005
Belgium: 2003
Netherlands: 2001
Norway: May 11, 2008
South Africa: 2005
Spain: June 29, 2005
Sweden: April 1, 2009

Nations that allow same-sex partnerships or unions:
Brazil: June 2006
Croatia: 2003
Denmark: 1989
Finland: September 2001
France: November 9, 1999
Germany
Hungary: 1995
Iceland: 1996
Luxembourg: 2004
Mexico: Mexico City November 2006 (in Coahuila on January of 2007)
New Zealand: December 2004
Norway: 1996
Portugal
Switzerland
United Kingdom: December 2005

Nations that ban same-sex unions:
Honduras: March 29, 2005
Uganda:September 29, 2005
Latvia: December 21, 2005

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2 Responses to States/Nations Same Sex Marriage/Unions Lists

  1. X says:

    Queen you are so on point. There is a huge bias when it comes to same sex rights. So much of that has stemmed the religious christian sect. No one has yet to answer to me how if they believe in a God that promotes freedom and free will, a God that says he will never force anyone to follow him or choose religion how he would want any decision/action to enforced. I understand if someone does not personally agree okay, but to say God wants people to not have a choice is against his nature. That would be creating a systematic structure of robots that all act the same. This country supported racial and women discrimination until years later they realized we got it wrong. Unfortunately I think it may be the same with this. My favorite line I always hear is “well this country was founded on christian principles”
    What I see our founding fathers stood for was: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
    But of course that usually falls on deaf ears…Keep writing queen.

  2. reealitey says:

    True true, issues such as same sex marriages, and abortion, why are these on the top of the list when people vote? I have no clue.

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