Should we allow same-sex marriage?

NY Gov. Cuomo signs gay marriage law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed New York's gay marriage bill, starting what is expected to be a crush of gay weddings starting in 30 days.

The Democratic governor signed the measure shortly before midnight Friday, following up on a promise to put his name on the legislation as soon as he received it rather than wait the usual 10 days to sign it for it to become law.

New York lawmakers narrowly voted to legalize same-sex marriage, handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the gay rights movement was born.
New York will become the sixth state where gay couples can wed and the biggest by far.

"We are leaders and we join other proud states that recognize our families and the battle will now go on in other states," said Sen. Thomas Duane, a Democrat.

The New York bill cleared the Republican-controlled Senate on a 33-29 vote. The Democrat-led Assembly, which previously approved the bill, passed the Senate's stronger religious exemptions in the measure Friday, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who campaigned on the issue last year, has promised to sign it. Same-sex couples can begin marrying 30 days after that.

"I apologize to those I offend," said Gristanti, a Roman Catholic. "But I believe you can be wiser today than yesterday. I believe this state needs to provide equal rights and protections for all its residents," he said.
The effects of the legislation could be felt well beyond New York: Unlike Massachusetts, which pioneered gay marriage in 2004, New York has no residency requirement for obtaining a marriage license, meaning the state could become a magnet for gay couples across the country who want to have a wedding in Central Park, the Hamptons, the romantic Hudson Valley or that honeymoon hot spot of yore, Niagara Falls.

New York, the nation's third most populous state, will join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C., in allowing same-sex couples to wed. 

For five months in 2008, gay marriage was legal in California, the biggest state in population, and 18,000 same-sex couples rushed to tie the knot there before voters overturned the state Supreme Court ruling that allowed the practice. The constitutionality of California's ban is now before a federal appeals court.
The climactic vote came after more than a week of stop-and-start negotiations, rumors, closed-door meetings and frustration on the part of advocates. Online discussions took on a nasty turn with insults and vulgarities peppering the screens of opponents and supporters alike and security was beefed up in the capitol to give senators easier passage to and from their conference room.

The sticking point over the past few days: Republican demands for stronger legal protections for religious groups that fear they will be hit with discrimination lawsuits if they refuse to allow their facilities to be used for gay weddings.

On Thursday night, President Barack Obama encouraged lawmakers to support gay rights during a fundraiser with New York City's gay community. The vote also is sure to charge up annual gay pride events this weekend, culminating with parades Sunday in New York City, San Francisco and other cities.

Despite New York City's liberal Democratic politics and large and vocal gay community, previous efforts to legalize same-sex marriage failed over the past several years, in part because the rest of the state is more conservative than the city. 

The bill's success this time reflected the powerful support of Cuomo and perhaps a change in public attitudes. Opinion polls for the first time are showing majority support for same-sex marriage, and Congress recently repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred gays from serving openly in the military. 

In the week leading up to the vote in New York, some Republicans who opposed the bill in 2009 came forward to say they were supporting it for reasons of conscience and a duty to ensure civil rights. 

Pressure to vote for gay marriage also came from celebrities, athletes and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Republican-turned-independent who has long used his own fortune to help bankroll GOP campaigns and who personally lobbied some undecided lawmakers. Lady Gaga has been urging her 11 million Twitter followers to call New York senators in support of the bill. 

The bill makes New York only the third state, after Vermont and New Hampshire, to legalize marriage through a legislative act and without being forced to do so by a court. 

Countries That Recognize Gay Marriage

Netherlands - the first country to grant gay marriage on April 1, 2001.

Belgium - the second country to grant gay marriage on Jan 30, 2003.

Canada - the third country to grant gay marriage on June 28, 2005

Spain - the fourth country to grant gay marriage on July 3, 2005.

South Africa - the fifth country to grant gay marriage on Nov 30, 2006.

Norway - the sixth country to grant gay marriage on May 11, 2008.

Sweden - the seventh country to grant gay marriage on May 1, 2009.

Portugal - the eighth country to grant gay marriage on May 17, 2010.

Iceland - the ninth country to grant gay marriage on June 27, 2010.

Argentina - the tenth country to grant gay marriage on July 15, 2010.

Countries That Allow Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships or Civil Unions

Croatia
Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been granted since 2003.

Denmark
Legal civil partnerships have been allowed since 1989.

Finland
Has offered registered partnership benefits since September 2001.

France
Pacte Civil de Solidarité" (PACS), or "Civil Solidarity Pacts," were instituted in France on November 9, 1999.

Germany
Gay couples can register as "Life Partnerships," granting lesser financial and pension benefits than marriage.

Hungary
Gay couples have been protected under common-law marriages since 1995; however they are not eligible for legal marriage.

Iceland
Since 1996, gay Icelanders have been protected under registered partnerships.

Luxembourg
Civil partnership legislation modeled after France's PACS were introduced in Luxembourg in 2004.

Mexico
Same sex civil unions were legalized in Mexico City in November 2006 and in the state of Coahuila on January of 2007, essentially making civil unions legal in all of Mexico (by law, each Mexican state must recognize the laws granted to individuals of the other states).

New Zealand
In December, 2004, New Zealand enacted legislation recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Norway
Since 1996, gay Norwegians have been protected under registered partnerships.

Portugal
Same-sex partners have the same rights as opposite-sex partners in common law marriage.

Sweden
Swedish same-sex couples have been able to register under domestic partnership laws since 1995.

Switzerland
Same-sex couples are given limited legal benefits with civil recognition.

United Kingdom
Domestic partners can register under the Civil Partnership Act. This legislation took affect in December 5, 2005 giving registered same-sex couples all of the rights, privileges and responsibilities of married heterosexual couples. The Civil Partnership Act applies across all of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

US States That Recognize Gay Marriage

Massachusetts - On May 17, 2004 Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. The State of Massachusetts also issues licenses to gay couples from New Mexico and Rhode Island since neither state explicitly prohibits same-sex marriage.

Connecticut - began performing marriages of same-sex couples on
Nov 12, 2008.

Iowa - Same-sex marriage in Iowa became legal on April 27, 2009.

Maine - legalized same-sex marriage on May 6, 2009. The law will take effect on Sept 11, 2009, pending a possible people's veto.

Vermont - will allow same-sex marriage starting Sept 1, 2009. After this date no further civil unions will be created. Civil unions created prior to this date will retain their status, but these couples will have the option of entering a marriage.

New Hampshire - Same-sex marriage became legal on Jan 1, 2010. Civil Unions will no longer be performed and will become marriages by Jan 1, 2011 unless otherwise dissolved, annulled or previously converted to marriage.

District of Columbia - Same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia was legalized on December 18, 2009. Marriage licenses became available on March 3, 2010, and marriages began on March 9, 2010.

US States That Allow Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships or Civil Unions

New Jersey - On December 2006, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill providing for civil unions and recognizing other states' civil unions.

Washington - On April 21, 2007, Washington's domestic partnership bill was signed into law giving gay and lesbian couples many of the benefits of marriage.

Oregon - As of May 2007, Under Oregon's domestic partnership law (avoiding the use of terms marriage or civil union) gay and lesbian couples are eligible for all the state-wide rights and benefits of marriage. Oregon also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Colorado - Recognition of same-sex unions in Colorado occurs within the framework of designated beneficiary agreements, effective since July 1, 2009. These agreements grant limited rights, such as funeral arrangements and death benefits for same-sex partners.

Nevada - The Domestic Partnership Responsibilities Act May 31, 2009 provides the exact rights, responsibilities, obligations, entitlements and benefits of marriage - without calling it a marriage - instead it is called a Domestic Partnership.

Wisconsin - Civil unions are recognized in Wisconsin as of August 3, 2009 despite same-sex marriage and civil unions being banned by constitutional amendment and Wisconsin Statutes in 2006.

US States With Some Provisions

Hawaii - Since 1997, the U.S. state of Hawaii has offered reciprocal beneficiary registration for any adults who are prohibited by state law from marrying, including both same-sex and different-sex couples.

California - A Domestic Partnership is a legal relationship available to same-sex couples, and to certain opposite-sex couples in which at least one party is at least 62 years of age. It affords the couple most of "the same rights, protections, and benefits, and shall be subject to the same responsibilities, obligations, and duties under law..." as married spouses. It was enacted in 1999.

New York - By a May 29, 2008 directive, New York only recognizes gay marriages from couples legally married outside of the state.

District of Columbia - Same-sex marriage is currently not performed in the District of Columbia; however, the District does recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere as being valid in the city. The Council of the District of Columbia is expected to pass separate legislation in 2009 that would allow same-sex marriages to be performed in the District.
Countries That Ban Same-Sex Unions

Honduras
On March 29, 2005, the constitution of Honduras was amended banning same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.

Latvia
December 21, 2005 marked the day Latvian president Vaira Vike-Freiberga signed into law a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Uganda
On September 29, 2005, legislation banning same-sex unions was signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Penalties for gay marriage will be set in 2006. Under current law, homosexual acts are punishable by imprisonment from five years to life.

1 Corinthians 6:9

English Standard Version (ESV)
 9Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b]
Footnotes:
  1. 1 Corinthians 6:9 Or wrongdoers
  2. 1 Corinthians 6:9 The two Greek terms translated by this phrase refer to the passive and active partners in consensual homosexual acts

Hindi ba ninyo alam na ang masasamang tao ay walang bahagi sa kaharian ng Dios? Huwag kayong magkakamali —hindi makapapasok sa kaharian ng Dios ang mga taong marumi ang pamumuhay, o mapagsamba sa dios-diosan, o mangangalunya, o pumapatol sa kapwa-lalaki, o magnanakaw, o sakim.... —1 Corinto 6:9, 10
This Sunday Rated K will feature a different kind of love story in the 'Puso sa Puso' segment. A gay and lesbian whose dream is to marry one another. Only on ABS-CBN right after 'Goin Bulilit and before Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2 Grand Finals.


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