W e have a US president who supports gay marriage, and now a pope who, if not exactly signing up to equality for all, is at least starting to talk in language less inflammatory than his predecessor. Then he went on to criticise the gay "lobby" and said he wasn't going to break with the catechism that said "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered". Still, for a brief moment it looked like a minor breakthrough. Then you weigh it against a raft of anti-homosexuality legislation that is coming into force in countries across the world. In Russia, gay teenagers are being tortured and forcibly outed on the internet against a backdrop of laws that look completely out of step with the rest of Europe.
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Two names will be remembered as on opposing sides in the case that made same-sex marriage equality the law of the land. Jim Obergefell became a civil rights activist after the landmark case bearing his name as the plaintiff. He and the man on the other side of the v, Richard Hodges, former director of the Ohio Department of Health, have developed a friendship. More surprising: They share "the same commitment to equal rights for all," Hodges said.
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Gay marriage has been legally recognized in America since the U. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Justice Kennedy stated in the decision that marriage is "a keystone of our social order," and the Supreme Court vote effectively prohibited individual states from banning same-sex marriages. The decision opened wide the door for homosexual married couples to claim the same numerous benefits awarded to heterosexual couples.
While marriage has traditionally been prescribed as a union between heterosexuals, there has been a shift towards giving marriage rights to homosexual couples. This change has been brought about by the prevalence of homosexuality in the society and the widespread acceptance of gay relations. While at the onset of the last century homosexuality was shunned and even criminalized, the s saw many states making laws that decriminalized same-sex conduct and abolished discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation Volokh Gathering from this momentum, gay activists have been calling for the legalizing of gay marriages and the affording of gay couples the same rights and benefits as their heterosexual counterparts.