Alternative terms[ edit ] Some proponents of legal recognition of same-sex marriage, such as Freedom to Marry and Canadians for Equal Marriage , use the terms marriage equality and equal marriage to indicate that they seek the recognition of same-sex marriage on equal ground with opposite-sex marriage as opposed to special rights. The Associated Press warns that the construct gay marriage can imply that the marriages of same-sex couples are somehow different from the marriages of opposite-sex couples. You may improve this article , discuss the issue on the talk page , or create a new article , as appropriate. Virginia in , in which the Supreme Court of the United States struck down all state bans on inter-racial marriage , issued a statement on the 40th anniversary of the ruling in which she expressed her support for same-sex marriage and described it as a civil right akin to inter-racial marriage, stating that "I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry". Hodges in which the Supreme Court of the United States struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, stating that "races don't fall in love, genders don't fall in love—people fall in love".
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Legislatures in every state had passed laws against homosexual behavior well before this, most notably anti-sodomy laws. During the Cold War politicians frequently described homosexuals as "subversives" who undermined national security and patriotism, and described them as Communist sympathisers or a Communist Fifth column. It is an accepted fact among intelligence agencies that espionage organizations the world over consider sex perverts who are in possession of or have access to confidential material to be prime targets where pressure can be exerted. In addition there is an abundance of evidence to sustain the conclusion that indulgence in acts of sex perversion weakens the moral fiber of an individual to a degree that he is not suitable for a position of responsibility. The group argued that gay people were " recruiting " or "molesting children" in order to make them gay. Bryant infamously claimed that "As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children," and also claimed that "If gays are granted rights, next we'll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards and to nail biters.
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People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, , ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November Taiwan's top court legalised same-sex marriage in May , the first place in Asia to do so, and ruled that it must be brought in within two years, but the government has made little progress in the face of opposition from conservative groups. A referendum on whether marriage should only be recognized as between a man and a woman in Taiwan's Civil Code won more than 7 million votes, while another calling for same-sex unions to be regulated under a separate law gained over 6 million. Gay rights activists had proposed that the Civil Code should give same-sex couples equal marriage rights, but only garnered 3 million votes.
Cape Town - Gay rights organisations and some political parties are calling for an amendment to legislation allowing marriage officers at Home Affairs to refuse to officiate gay marriages. Of the marriage officers at Home Affairs offices, were so far exempted from performing civil unions. Cope MP Deidre Carter said the issue came to their attention and they felt they needed to have it addressed. The bill aims to repeal section 6 of the Civil Union Act 17 of , which allows a marriage officer in the employ of the state to inform the Minister of Home Affairs that he or she objects on the grounds of conscience, religion and belief to solemnising a civil union between people of the same sex - and to be exempted from officiating. Our Bill of Rights provides that the state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on a number of grounds, including gender, sex and sexual orientation.