Debate has occurred throughout Europe over proposals to legalise same-sex marriage as well as same-sex civil unions. Poland and Slovakia recognise cohabitation for very limited purposes. Of the countries that recognise and perform same-sex marriages some still allow couples to enter civil unions, e. Benelux countries , France and the United Kingdom , [nb 2] whereas Germany, Ireland and the Nordic countries have terminated their pre-marriage civil union legislation so that existing unions remain but new ones are not possible. Several European countries do not recognise any form of same-sex unions.
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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.
Same-sex marriage is the legal union between two people of the same gender. Throughout history, same sex unions have taken place around the world, but laws recognizing such marriages did not start occurring until more modern times. As of , only 17 countries around the globe have laws allowing same sex couples to become legally married.
As same sex marriages begin to become normal throughout the United States and in other regions of the world, there is a certain interest in how stable those marriages will be. It is simply to see if all of that work to gain happiness has actually achieved happiness. States that have allowed same sex unions actually have lower divorce rates in every population demographic than states that have banned the practice. Take Massachusetts as an example. This state was the first to allow same sex marriages and it is also the state that has the lowest overall divorce rate.