The world of John Waters is, after all, vivid portrayal of queer life as the antithesis of the neat, moral, and prudish side of America. It enforces unrealistic expectations and obligations. It obliterates lived reality. However, the scruples of collective identity and inheritance seem a hollow luxury when placed next to the struggles of couples who found themselves legally ineligible for marriage. Janice Langbehn, along with three of her children, was barred from seeing her dying partner at a hospital in Florida on grounds that she was not a blood-relative or spouse. Edith Windsor—the plaintiff for the case which would eventually overturn the Defense of Marriage Act—was forced to pay nearly half a million dollars in estate taxes on the inheritance her wife left her.
History of same-sex marriage in the United States - Wikipedia
This is something that most people take for granted when they can legally commit to each other, but for me, my government says that I don't have the same rights as some others in this country. So next month, I'm being forced to have an intimate 'get together' with close family and friends. I've been with my partner for four years, in a same-sex relationship. It's been an incredible journey of laughs, tears and travelling to exotic destinations together. In fact, I've travelled to more places in the last few years than I have in my entire life, and to many countries where same-sex marriage is legal they haven't burnt to hell, for the record. I'm the happiest I've ever been. He is my world.
History of same-sex marriage in the United States
Northern Ireland is set to decriminalize abortion and set the stage for legalization of same-sex marriages as of midnight Monday, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the U. Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same-sex marriage ban and restrictions on abortion gathered in Belfast on Monday to prepare for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight. By Tiffany May and Gerry Mullany.
After decades of campaigning, women will no longer be prosecuted for accessing an abortion from midnight tonight. Marriage rights for same-sex couples means they will be able to give 28 days' notice to marry from January 13, , with the first weddings due to take place on Valentine's Day. Medical providers will start offering abortion services in Northern Ireland from March , but women will be assisted in accessing abortion services in England in the interim.