Retrieved November 1, Same-sex couples whose marriages are not recognized by the federal government are ineligible for spousal and survivor Social Security benefits and are ineligible for the benefits due the spouse of a federal government employee. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Office of Personnel ManagementMassachusetts v. And since it is unconstitutional to deny equal civil rights to citizens, it is unconstitutional to deny to homosexual couples the right to marry. Same-sex marriage banned where federal circuit court has found similar bans unconstitutional.
In an interview on The O'Reilly Factor in Augustwhen Glenn Beck was asked if he "believe s that gay marriage is a threat to [this] country in any way", he stated, "No I don't.
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Mexico 1 Netherlands 2. Which means that there will no longer be any basis for distinguishing legally between a heterosexual union and a homosexual relationship. In particular, we need to be clear about what constitutes a civil right. District Court for the District of Utah ruling in Kitchen v. Unequal protection under the law — when will society catch up with the business community? And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting. Retrieved October 20,
Churches encouraged to address 'gay marriage ' ". While self-identified theological liberal organizations such as the Religious Society of Friends Quakerssupport same-sex marriage, other more conservative and or orthodox organizations including some Mennonite churches, the Church of the Brethrenthe Old Catholic Church and the Church of Sweden  also support marriage rights for gay and lesbian persons. Bush and his wife former First Lady Barbara Bush have served as witnesses to a same-sex wedding, but neither has publicly stated whether this means they support same-sex marriage in general;  George W. New Mexico Supreme Court ruling in Griego v. He said that same-sex lovers must have been cross-sex lovers in a former life.