I f you look at American society today, you see a landscape unimaginable twenty-five or even ten years ago—a country where network and cable TV shows feature witty and appealing gay and lesbian characters Ellen DeGeneres, the openly lesbian comic whose sitcom character came out to much controversy inhas reinvented herself as one of the most popular daytime TV talk show hostswhere thousands of same-sex couples walk around with marriage licenses authorized by the city of San Francisco and by Multnomah County, Oregon, and where thousands of others in Massachusetts plan their weddings. And, E. A year later, after a highly contentious political debate, Vermont adopted the nation's first civil unions law, granting same-sex couples the same state rights as married couples in terms of probate, medical benefits, child custody, and inheritance. I'm afraid that people will be more reactive. Neither performed nor recognized in American Samoa or some tribal jurisdictions Theoretical: Same-sex unions in the United States.
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