When Love And Law Mingle

Same sex marriage is a hot topic around the world. Some people are in favor of same sex marriage while others are passionately opposed to it. As more campaigns and rallies and internet sites emerge on both sides of the issue, it has become a very public topic rather than a personal decision to make. In some countries, such as Canada, Brazil, France and the Scandinavian countries, it is perfectly legal to marry another person of the same gender. In other countries, African and Western European countries for example, the law against same sex marriage is consider simply as an act of homosexuality, which is also illegal, and is can therefore be penalized by jail time. In the United States, however, the law is mixed as some states have approved it while others continue to ban practice.

For those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans (LBGT), the decision whether or not to marry their partner is more complex than it is for heterosexual couples. Not only do same sex couples face persecution by their peers and society at large, they also face prosecution by law in many of states and countries. For some stringent, rigid and narrow-minded types, the idea of an adult male or female being in a commitment union with another adult of the same gender is abominable. Their traditions and beliefs, they were raised in or have adopted for themselves as adults, create within them a major aversion to anything that they themselves do not psychologically or physiologically adhere to. Human beings have the unfortunate tendency to discredit and scoff at anything that is not easily understood.

Some adult couples, no matter their sexual orientation, choose to enter into a civil union or cohabitation rather than getting married. For many, it is simpler to forgo the signed document, church, rings and cake for many reasons. This is becoming trendier in the LBGT community as well. The traditional nuptials are being cast aside to make room for new traditions, ones which embrace the matrimony of two men or two women. One example of this is the updated vows being used in the church weddings. The clergy would normally, at the end of the marriage ceremony, announce, “I now pronounce you man and wife.” When attending the wedding of same-sex couples, you’re not likely to hear this statement but rather less customary versions.

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