Same-Sex Marriage

What Is a Same-sex Marriage?

Same-sex marriage, also commonly known as gay marriage is the marriage between two people of the same gender. 

The couple enters into a civil or religious ceremony and most times follow this ceremony with a wedding reception the same as in any traditional wedding between a man and a woman. There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century.

Key Points

  • The introduction of same-sex marriage has varied by jurisdiction and came about through legislative change to marriage law.
  • Studies have shown that the financial, psychological, and physical well-being of gay people can be enhanced by marriage.
  • Other studies have also shown that the children of same-sex parents may benefit from being raised by married same-sex couples within a marital union.
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