So now marriage is for the gays…. And now that the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage almost one year ago today, it opens up a whole new batch of questions for LGBT people around the country. Am I sure I even want to get married? How might being in a gay marriage differ from a straight marriage? I ultimately decided to get married despite my initial feelings because I wanted to grasp at the chance to be seen as an equal in the eyes of the law, and express my commitment to a loving relationship to my partner, while sharing the joy with my friends and family.
The goal of full legal and social equality for gay men and lesbians sought by the gay movement in the United States and other Western countries. The term gay originally derived from slang, but it has gained wide acceptance in recent years, and many people who are sexually attracted to others of the same sex prefer it to the older and more clinical term homosexual. The drive for legal and social equality represents one aspect of a broader gay and lesbian movement that, since the late s, has worked to change attitudes toward homosexuality, develop gay community institutions, and improve the self-image of gay men and lesbians. Although homosexuality has been recorded in every historical period and culture, the gay and lesbian rights movement developed only with the emergence of a self-conscious, gayidentified subculture that was willing to openly assert its demands for equality.
This guide will help to explain the different approaches that same-sex couples can take to getting a mortgage, establishing ownership of a home, and creating legal documents that anticipate any legal or property-ownership issues that might occur if the couple breaks up or one partner dies. After evaluating this document, readers will have a better understanding of:. Gay and Lesbian couples are in a unique situation when it comes to mortgages and home purchases.