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Pope Francis Supports Same-Sex Civil Unions, but the Church Must Do More
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June is Pride Month in many parts of the world, commemorating the Stonewall uprising of June , when lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people in New York stood up against police brutality and injustice and demanded fair treatment. Just in time for Pride Month, Costa Rica on May 26th become the 29th country to legalize same-sex marriage. Throughout Pride Month, LGBT people and their allies celebrate their accomplishments achieved since Stonewall, but they also advocate for what needs to be done in order to secure full equal rights and non-discrimination in their own countries and in solidarity with LGBT people elsewhere, in situations where anti-LGBT discrimination and violence are rampant. In celebration of Pride Month, Human Rights Watch has updated our marriage equality map, which provides an overview of countries with marriage equality, civil unions or registered partnership; links to the relevant legislation; and, where possible, a brief explanation of the path — legislative, judicial, or other — that these countries took to achieve marriage equality or to provide for same-sex civil unions or registered partnership. In , the Netherlands became the first country to open civil marriage to same-sex couples. Other countries followed. Today there are 29 countries with marriage equality—most recently, Austria, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Taiwan.
Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships
The gay marriage debate revolves around two very different notions of what marriage is. The traditionalist view sees marriages as having the primary purpose of raising children. The alternative perspective -- adopted by most gay rights advocates -- views marriage as a relationship between two people with emotional and practical functions distinct from reproduction. The traditionalist perspective dominated ideas of marriage in all societies studied by anthropologists, and throughout recorded history. Marriage as a reproductive union mostly excluded gays whose lack of interest in heterosexual intercourse excluded them from reproduction and regular marriage.
I n recent years, same-sex marriage has made several advances both at the federal and at the state levels. But a steady and simultaneous erosion of civil unions has accompanied these advances. National trends suggest that if marriage equality is harmonized across the 50 states, there is a chance we may see the demise of civil unions altogether.