Hodges that the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples, with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities, is guaranteed by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights states that: Introduction Same-sex marriage has been legalized in twenty-six countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. The Marriage Law of the People's Republic of China explicitly defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. We are fighting harder than ever before to defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.
The decree took effect on 11 November
No new registered partnerships may be created. Here are a few other ways we have supported LGBT rights over the years:. On 22 Decembera proposed amendment to the Civil Code that would legalize same-sex marriage was due to go under review by the Judiciary Committee.