Reuters - The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform. Known as the Traditional Plan, the new policy includes penalties for breaking its rules and asks those who will not obey it to find another church. The Traditional Plan is designed to serve as a coherent United Methodist Church policy on LGBT clergy and their marriage practices after years of inconsistency among individual United Methodist churches, with some churches denouncing homosexuality as a sin and others embracing gay and lesbian clergy members.
Today marks the fourth anniversary of gay marriage being legalized across the entire United States. To commemorate this milestone in LGBTQ history, we are taking a look at countries around the world that have officially legalized same-sex marriage. Thirty out of countries have passed laws allowing gay marriageaccording to the Pew Research Center.
People demonstrate for the legalisation of gay marriage and parenting on December 16, in Paris, France. People fighting for same-sex marriage rights around the world have seen global support increase in recent years. Australia, Malta, and Germany legalized same-sex marriage inand Taiwan made history last monthbecoming the first government in Asia to welcome legislation on marriage equality.
Despite the increasingly tolerant attitude towards homosexuality in society, especially in the West, the treatment of homosexuals continues to differ from one country to another. In some nations, homosexuality is illegal whilst in others, homosexuals are now accorded an increasing catalogue of rights that have been enjoyed by heterosexuals all along. Despite these gains, in most countries gays have yet to attain complete equality of status in the eyes of the law, most notably the right to marry. For many gay people, and for those who find gay rights troubling, the demand for a right to marry a person of the same gender has become the key modern political issue.
A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not.
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The changes from 1st Jan affect everyone the same, so see the Home Page for updates. Depending where you are from we may need more documents and possibly more time. The number of countries recognising LGBT marriages is steadily increasing, with Austria, Taiwan and Ecuador recently added to the list, and it looks like Northern Ireland and Costa Rica will join them soon.
Same-sex marriage also known as gay marriage is the marriage of two people of the same sex or genderentered into in a civil or religious ceremony. There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century though there is no legal provision in Roman Law, and it was banned in the Roman Empire in the fourth. In the modern era, same-sex marriage started being legalized at the beginning of the 21st century.
Taiwan has legalised same-sex marriage, the first of any Asian state, with the passage of legislation giving gay couples the right to marry. Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered in heavy rain outside parliament in the capital, Taipei, to watch a live broadcast of the proceedings. Now the law says everyone should be treated equally no matter who you are, who you love.
Please refresh the page and retry. M ethodists have recommended that gay couples be allowed to marry in their churches for the first time in a groundbreaking report. The report was drawn up amid changes in society regarding same-sex relationships, cohabition and the delicining marriage rate, the legalisation of civil partnerships and same-sex marriage.