Printable PDF. The theme is clear, they want freedom to be part of the things that make for rich and stable shared life. They want what marriage, at its best, represents, a format for love, family, neighborliness, and participation in the larger community. Legal marriage for same sex couples will strengthen the social institution of marriage for everyone. Thomas J. Some will make this journey alone, others in loving relationships — maybe in marriage or other forms of commitment.
A global snapshot of same-sex marriage
Same-Sex Marriage, State by State | Pew Research Center
Two Canadian provinces have now made same-sex marriages legal. And the highest court in Massachusetts may soon rule on the issue. We have a report from Jeff Sheler. The controversial change has sent shock waves through legal and religious communities on both sides of the border. They have come to Ottawa to be married — something they cannot do back home in New Jersey.
Same-Sex Marriage, State by State
The relationship between religion and homosexuality has varied greatly across time and place, within and between different religions and denominations , with regard to different forms of homosexuality and bisexuality. The present-day doctrines of the world's major religions and their denominations vary vastly in their attitudes toward these sexual orientations. Among the religious denominations which generally reject these orientations, there are many different types of opposition, ranging from quietly discouraging homosexual activity, explicitly forbidding same-sex sexual practices among their adherents and actively opposing social acceptance of homosexuality, supporting criminal sanctions up to capital punishment , and even to condoning extra-judicial killings.
Many of the largest U. At the same time, in the past two decades, several other religious groups also have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions. Another mainline Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church U.