Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals in History
A historic debate has started in Hawaii over the freedom for same sex
couples to marry. In the United States, marriage can be two institutions
simultaneously. For many people, it is a religious union. However, it is
also a civil institution in which society grants access to certain rights
and responsibilities for couples in long-term, committed relationships.
In 1993, the Hawaiin Supreme Court asked the state to show a compelling
reason why same-sex couples should be denied these civil, state-granted
benefits. Here are those decisions:
In 1995, a commission set up by the state issued its official report stating
that there is no reason why the state should deny same-sex couples the
rights and responsibilities of civil marriage. The
Western Pennsylania Freedom to
Marry Coalition homepage has a number of links
to other sites discussing the freedom to marry.
As a backlash to the possibility of marriage for same-sex couples, states
and the federal government have begun to consider laws that would continue
to discriminate in marriage rights.
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