The new law allows for religious institutions and civil officers to refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, a provision that critics claim violates the rights of same-sex couples under the constitution. An outbreak in the DRC has spread to neighboring Uganda, and conflict and mistrust of health workers is impeding international efforts to contain the disease. Activists in the international arena have focused on antiviolence and antidiscrimination campaigns rather than same-sex marriage. Allowing gay couples to marry also allows many business providers to service them. The law allowed the marriages of Belgian same-sex couples and recognized as married those from other countries where same-sex marriage was legal. What is important here is the gradual building of consensus. Same-sex couples and their children:
Uruguay is among the most secular countries in Latin America.
What are the next steps—where do LGBT couples go from here? Support for the law came from both the Flemish-speaking North and the French-speaking South, and the law generated surprisingly little controversy across the country. The ruling came less than two decades after President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act DOMAwhich defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, thereby denying same-sex couples federal marriage benefits, such as access to health care, social security, and tax benefits, as well as green cards for immigrant spouses of U. Yet same-sex marriage remains banned in many countries, and the expansion of broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights has been uneven globally.
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