Countries that have approved the concept of same sex marriage are ones that accept the concept of marrying the one whom one loves. There are 18 countries where same sex marriage has been legalized to some extent, whereas major countries still ban the practice. Here are some things which every individual needs to know about same sex marriage.
1. Netherlands became the first country to legalize same sex marriage on 1st April 2001.
2. With the exception of Israel and South Africa, no other country in Asia and Africa has supported the concept of same sex marriage.
3. Death punishment is a penalty for people supporting the idea of same sex marriage in Sudan, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
4. Same-sex marriages are licensed in all US states and Washington DC expect American Samoa.
5. Though the US Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in different states and territories, it has still not been legalized on Indian (Native American) domain.
6. The Human Rights Campaign is one of the largest associations in support of same sex marriages.
7. Over the issue of same sex marriage, the US Democratic Party platform used the term “marriage equality” as an expression of their support.
8. A red equal-to picture was initiated by the Human Right Campaign for same-sex marriage supporters on Facebook. More than 2.5 million users changed their profile pictures.
9. In opposition, Southern Bapist Convention said that legalizing same sex marriage would convey a homosexual lifestyle, which was a sin according to their Holy Bible.
10. President Obama’s views have changed from time to time. Earlier he said that marriage was a union between man and woman; later, in the 1990s, he supported the campaign for same sex marriage.
11. Same sex married couples can legally file a case as couples and can also take advantage of lower tax rates.
12. In 2008, more than 7,400 companies offered spousal benefits to same sex couples.
13. There were financial crises faced by same sex marriage couples compared to opposite marriage couples which also included penalty in taxation.
14. Same sex marriage legalization gave couples the right to legal protection like medical checkups and legacy.