True to their campaign promises, Hollande and the Socialists have pushed through a law that not only legalizes same-sex marriage but also gives gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt children—a provision that has drawn especially strong criticism from French Catholic leaders. Jones strikes down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. On 25 Februarythe Italian Senate passed a bill allowing civil unions with senators in favour and 73 against. A study of nationwide data from across the United States from January to December revealed that the establishment of same-sex marriage is associated with a significant reduction in the rate of attempted suicide among children, with the effect being concentrated among children of a minority sexual orientation, resulting in aboutfewer children attempting suicide each year in the United States. The church is one of the few major mainline Protestant denominations in the country that currently does not sanction same-sex marriage. Catherine Powell.
Those provisions were broadened in to allow any same-sex couple to marry as long as one member of the couple had lived in Belgium for at least three months.
Many studies have shown that children of same-sex couples fare just as well as the children of opposite-sex couples; some studies have shown benefits to being raised by same-sex couples. Neither performed nor recognized in Niue, Tokelau or the Cook Islands Neither performed nor recognized in Northern Irelandthe dependency of Sark or the five Caribbean overseas territories. December 19, - The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously rules to allow same-sex marriage statewide and orders county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples. Research Areas U.
December 29, - Maine's law to legalize same-sex marriage goes into effect at midnight after Maine voters passed the state referendum during the November elections.