Legalising gay marriages is more than accepting their marital status. It is recognising their rights, accepting them as part of the social fabric and providing them equal democratic, federal and legal rights given to other normal couples. The civil rights movement in favour of gay marriages can be traced back to the early 70s. When the first gay marriage application was rejected in the United States, the applicant was a law student and took upon to fight for his right. From the late 90s onwards, different states have passed verdicts favouring same-sex marriages and the view on such marriages was turning positive. During June 2015, the Supreme Court had passed a landmark judgement legalizing the same-sex marriages in the United States.
Legal status in other nations
The status of gay marriages legalised in the following nations –
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
Netherlands is the first nation to stop discriminating gay marriages in April 2011. But it required having one member of the couple to be a Dutch national. The remaining countries followed suit enacting or tweaking marriage laws taking opinions from their nationals.
Status in Mexico – Partly legalised in some states
Out of the 31 states in Mexico, 3 states have legalized gay marriages. The federal district also allows same sex marriage. In the remaining 28 states, gay couples can legalize their marriage after receiving an injunction from a judge. Civil organizations are working to provide similar marriage status in these 28 states like the other 3 states.
Status in other nations
Among the other nations working towards legalizing same-sex marriages – Slovenia, Australia and Columbia are the only nationals which are amidst the process of enacting national laws to legalise gay couple marriages. Slovenia has passed the required bill in its Parliament and is awaiting the President’s signature. In Australia, though the states are trying to simplify the process, the national level law is still to be declared. A similar situation is prevailing in Columbia, where the law is yet to be passed declaring the legality of same sex marriages. The national courts are exerting pressure on the government to enact such law as soon as possible.
Research results on same sex marriages
The findings of a research conducted on gay couple marriages are –
- 93% of the gay persons marry for the love and commitment they share and receive
- 60-70% of same sex couples feel more accepted by family and community
- 25% of gay partners have children and they marry for their children particularly
- 93% of gay parents feel that their children are happy because of having married parents
- Gay couples prefer marriage status rather than civil union, as the latter is seen as inferior relationship compared to marriage.
Apart from the above research, other local researches also have shown that married gay couples are happier, more accepted and more productive thereby. More nations are expected to follow suit and legalise the marital status of same sex marriages. This shall also have economic impact where the nation’s GDP has a positive impact.