Three days after Vice President Joe Biden said he is "absolutely comfortable" with two men or two women getting married, Mr. Obama told ABC News in a hastily arranged interview that "same sex couples should be able to get married. Obama said in an interview with Robin Roberts broadcast in a special report this afternoon. More from the interview will be broadcast tonight and tomorrow morning.
Background[ edit ] Inpassing legislation first proposed inMassachusetts prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in credit, public and private employment, union practices, housing, and public accommodation.
Boston 's City Council debated health insurance for the same-sex partners of city employees in May  and Cambridge provided health benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees the following year.
Its supporters focused on equal benefits and fairness rather than same-sex relationships themselves. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino 's attempt to extend health care benefits to city employees' domestic partners by executive order, instead  was successfully challenged by the Catholic Action League in court.
In Septemberthe state's highest court ruled that state law allowed for second-parent adoption by a parent of the same sex as a biological parent. The Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights launched a campaign on behalf of marriage rights for same-sex couples in Massachusetts in Governor Bill Weld said he would be willing to meet with the group and said he was undecided on the question.
Senate inMitt Romney said: He called the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Rogersa Democrat, proposed legislation to prevent Massachusetts from granting legal recognition to same-sex marriages established elsewhere: Birmingham, who was presiding, moved for adjournment without considering the amendment, and his motion passed to He called the amendment "wrong-hearted and wrong-headed" and defended the procedure: Today we saw democracy in action.
They may not like it, but they lost two to one. One legislator who voted to adjourn said: State Senator Cheryl A. Jacquesan opponent of the amendment and a lesbian, said: I'll take a victory on this any way I can get it. Rather, it was that we were going to get massacred".
Department of Public Health[ edit ] Main article: Department of Public Health, on April 11, Levi argued that denying same-sex couples equal marriage rights was unconstitutional under the State Constitution.
Connolly ruled that the state marriage statute was not gender-neutral, no fundamental right to same-sex marriage existed, and that limiting marriage to male-female couples was rational because "procreation is marriage's central purpose". He said he would work with the Legislature to draft a law "consistent" with the ruling.
He also backed an amendment to the State Constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman while also providing by statute "basic civil rights and appropriate benefits to same-sex couples and other nontraditional relationships.
Brian Camenker, head of the Parents Rights Coalition, said: The concept of stable, healthy gay relationships is largely a manufacturing of the gay propaganda machine. It's four judges basically turning society inside out with no input from anybody else.
It called the difference between the terms marriage and civil union "a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status.
We do not abrogate the fullest measure of protection to which residents of the Commonwealth are entitled under the Massachusetts ConstitutionUnfortunately, the history of same-sex adoption is rather brief — but not for lack of interest or desire to adopt by hopeful LGBT parents.
History has not treated LGBT individuals kindly and, therefore, their ability to adopt — and even get married — is a very recent development. President shifts position, tells ABC News same-sex couples "should be able to get married".
A same-sex relationship is a relationship between persons of the same sex and can take many forms, from romantic and sexual, to non-romantic homosocially-close relationships.
The term is primarily associated with gay and lesbian relationships. Same-sex marriage refers to the institutionalized recognition of such relationships in the form of a marriage; civil unions may exist in countries where.
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Background material: same-sex marriage (SSM), study this chart.