The Rights Of Same Sex Marriage Essay

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For many generations, same sex couples and homosexual people have fought for the right to become equal to opposite sex couples and heterosexual people. This report will investigate the changes in rights that people in same sex relationships have encountered around the world and determine whether or not same sex couples today have greater rights than they did in previous generations.
Every country in the world has different laws surrounding same sex marriage. For example the United States of America, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and many other countries have passed a law that allows same sex couples to marry (BBC, 2013). This means that in these countries, same sex couples now have the right to file joint wills and taxes, to be able to visit their spouse in intensive care if something bad were to happen, and to obtain insurance benefits through a spouse’s employer (NOLO, 2015). These countries have also passed laws that allow gay people exactly the same rights as straight people when it comes to adoption and other rights. In Australia for one short week in 2013 it was legal for same sex couples to marry in the Australian Capital Territory. But after consideration the High Court ruled that the Australian Capital Territories laws were inconsistent with the Federal Marriage Act, and were therefore considered unconstitutional. All thirty one marriages were then annulled (ABC News, 2013;, 2013).
Australia was the first country to decriminalise homosexuality, but…

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