What does same-sex marriage mean?

Definitions for same-sex marriage
same-sex mar·riage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. same-sex marriagenoun

    two people of the same sex who live together as a family

    "the legal status of same-sex marriages has been hotly debated"


  1. same-sex marriagenoun

    A marriage that unifies two people of the same sex either legally or only symbolically.


  1. Same-sex marriage

    Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage, is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender. As of 2023, marriage between same-sex couples is legally performed and recognized in 33 countries, constituting some 1.35 billion people (17% of the world's population), with the most recent being Mexico. In Andorra, a law allowing same-sex marriage will come into force on 17 February 2023.Adoption rights are not necessarily covered, though most states with same-sex marriage allow those couples to jointly adopt as other married couples can. In contrast, 34 countries (as of 2021) have definitions of marriage in their constitutions that prevent marriage between couples of the same sex, most enacted in recent decades as a preventative measure. Some other countries have constitutionally mandated Islamic law, which is generally interpreted as prohibiting marriage between same-sex couples. In six of the former and most of the latter, homosexuality itself is criminalized. There are records of marriage between men dating back to the first century. In the modern era, the first civil government to knowingly issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple was Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States in 1971. It is legally recognized in a large majority of the world's developed democracies, while it is not in all of the world's Islamic polities and most Marxist-Leninist or otherwise authoritarian states.The first same-sex couple to be married legally in modern times were Michael McConnell and Jack Baker in 1971, in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The first law providing for marriage equality between same-sex and opposite-sex couples was passed in the continental Netherlands in 2000 and took effect on 1 April 2001. The application of marriage law equally to same-sex and opposite-sex couples has varied by jurisdiction, and has come about through legislative change to marriage law, court rulings based on constitutional guarantees of equality, recognition that marriage of same-sex couples is allowed by existing marriage law, and by direct popular vote, such as through referendums and initiatives. The most prominent supporters of same-sex marriage are the world's major medical and scientific communities, along with human rights and civil rights organizations, while its most prominent opponents are religious fundamentalist groups. Polls consistently show continually rising support for the recognition of same-sex marriage in all developed democracies and in some developing countries. Scientific studies show that the financial, psychological, and physical well-being of gay people are enhanced by marriage, and that the children of same-sex parents benefit from being raised by married same-sex couples within a marital union that is recognized by law and supported by societal institutions. Social science research indicates that the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage stigmatizes and invites public discrimination against gay and lesbian people, with research also repudiating the notion that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon restricting marriage to heterosexuals. Same-sex marriage can provide those in committed same-sex relationships with relevant government services and make financial demands on them comparable to that required of those in opposite-sex marriages, and also gives them legal protections such as inheritance and hospital visitation rights. Opposition to same-sex marriage is based on claims such as that homosexuality is unnatural and abnormal, that children are better off when raised by opposite-sex couples, that recognition of same-sex marriage violates freedom of religion and undermines religion, that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to polygamous and incestuous marriages being legalized, that legalization would undermine the institutions of marriage and the family, that same-sex couples cannot procreate, and that the recognition of same-sex unions will promote homosexuality in society. The first two claims are refuted by scientific studies, which show that homosexuality is a natural and normal variation in human sexuality, and that sexual orientation is not a choice. Many studies have shown that children of same-sex couples fare just as well as the children of opposite-sex couples; some studies have shown benefits to being raised by same-sex couples. The other claims (violates freedom of religion, undermines the institutions of marriage and the family, leads to polygamous marriages being legalized, promotes homosexuality in society) are under debate.


  1. same-sex marriage

    Same-sex marriage is a legally or socially recognized union between two individuals of the same gender or sex. It grants them the same rights, responsibilities and legal benefits as those bestowed upon marriage between heterosexual couples, including financial, health-related, societal and personal protections and benefits.


  1. Same-sex marriage

    Same-sex marriage is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex and/or gender identity. Legal recognition of same-sex marriage or the possibility to perform a same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality or equal marriage, particularly by supporters. The first laws in modern times enabling same-sex marriage were enacted during the first decade of the 21st century. As of May 2013, thirteen countries, and several sub-national jurisdictions, allow same-sex couples to marry. Uruguay and New Zealand have both enacted laws to legalize same-sex marriage which will come into force in August 2013. Bills allowing legal recognition of same-sex marriage have been proposed, are pending, or have passed at least one legislative house in Andorra, England and Wales, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Nepal, Scotland, and Taiwan, as well as in parts of Australia, Mexico, and the United States. Introduction of same-sex marriage laws has varied by jurisdiction, being variously accomplished through a legislative change to marriage laws, a court ruling based on constitutional guarantees of equality, or by direct popular vote. The recognition of same-sex marriage is a political, social, human rights and civil rights issue, as well as a religious issue in many nations and around the world, and debates continue to arise over whether same-sex couples should be allowed marriage, be required to hold a different status, or be denied recognition of such rights. Allowing same-gender couples to legally marry is considered to be one of the most important of all LGBT rights.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of same-sex marriage in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of same-sex marriage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of same-sex marriage in a Sentence

  1. Katie Lang:

    This newly invented federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage should peaceably coexist alongside longstanding constitutional and statutory rights, including the rights to free exercise of religion and speech.

  2. Anthea Butler:

    They are in many ways like conservative evangelicals, no same-sex marriage and no abortion, it's a 19th-century religion that comes out of a space where health and holiness was important. But they have this leader who is a woman, Ellen G. White, and they veer off of traditional mainline Christianity.

  3. Tony Abbott:

    I accept that same-sex marriage is a significant issue, but frankly, this government's absolute fundamental priority ... is to get the most urgent budget measures through and by far the most urgent budget measure is the small business budget boost.

  4. Joe Biden:

    It's not just the brutality of taking away a woman's right to her body... but it also, if you read the opinion... basically says there's no such thing as the right to privacy. If that holds... mark my words : They are going to go after the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

  5. Robert Schapiro:

    But at the same time, if I’m president of the United States, no church, synagogue or mosque is going to lose its tax-exempt status because the tenets of their faith do not allow them to perform a same-sex marriage. there is nothing under our law that compels a rabbi, minister or pastor of any kind to perform a marriage that that person doesn’t want to perform.

Translations for same-sex marriage

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  • svatba mezi osobami stejného pohlavíCzech
  • el matrimonio del mismo sexoSpanish
  • समलैंगिक विवाहHindi
  • 同性結婚Japanese
  • స్వలింగ వివాహముTelugu

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