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Gay Spouse focuses on the recognition and protection of
Spousal Rights and Responsibilities such as sick leave to care for impaired or dying loved one, health insurance coverage, next-of-kin status for death notification, control over remains and funereal matters, bereavement leave, inheritance, right to sue for wrongful death, immigration, prison visitation, hospital room access, pensions, survivor benefits, taxation, relationship dissolution, and so forth conveyed through civil recognition and governmental mechanisms. These are very basic human rights which, when honored, strengthen families by ensuring equality and non-discrimination for all family members, so same-sex couples can take responsibility for each other and their relatives - parents, grandparents, children, nieces, nephews, etc.

Theft by Discrimination Harms Entire Families
Every year governments take billions of dollars in taxes from same-sex couples without providing equity in medical benefits, pensions/superannuation, social security, access to support services, etc. - depriving couples of fundamental resources they have earned and which other family members take for granted as being available to help support their extended families (e.g. care for children, help disabled siblings, safeguard aging parents). Governments that deny equity not only harm the two gay people seeking to exercise their human rights but also harm every member of their family.

Likewise, every year governments take billions of dollars in taxes from parents and grandparents without providing equity to their gay children and grandchildren. Governments take billions of dollars in taxes from siblings without providing equity to their gay brothers and sisters who share inherent obligations to the entire family. This theft by discrimination, which harms countless family members, is indefensible.

Human rights protection is the only moral way to protect families and all family members. Governments that violate human rights violate the sanctity of human life.

Easy to Follow
Reference Guide

PROPER WORDING To all friends, family, and professional planners helping put together the event: be certain to ask in advance the wording that will be used by an officiant so participants are not insulted during the ceremony.

  • Spouse: In a civil marriage ceremony, the proper term is spouse, for example, spouses for life.

  • Partner: In a civil union, civil partnership, life partnership, or domestic partnership, the term partner is okay, for example, partners for life

UPDATING FORMS To governments needing to update marriage license forms: place two check boxes [  ] Bride [  ] Groom on the form for each applicant, so applicants can mark whichever applies to them. Another way is to simply place the designation Bride/Groom/Spouse above each of the two areas for applicant information.



    STATUS OF THE WORLD
    HUMAN RIGHTS RECOGNITION
    FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES



    REGIONS FULFILLING HUMAN RIGHTS:
    MARRIAGE, NONDISCRIMINATION & EQUALITY UNDER LAW


    Akrotiri and Dhekelia
    Alderney
    Andorra (pending)
    Argentina
    Ascension Island
    Australia
    Austria
    Barbados (pending)
    Belgium
    Bermuda
    BES Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba)
    Bolivia (pending)
    Brazil
    British Antarctic Territory
    British Indian Ocean Territory
    Canada
    Chile (pending)
    Colombia
    Costa Rica
    Czech Republic (pending)
    Denmark
    Dominican Republic (pending)
    Ecuador
    El Salvador (pending)
    Iceland
    Falkland Islands
    Finland
    France
    French Guiana
    French Polynesia
    Germany
    Greenland
    Guadeloupe
    Guatemala (pending)
    Guernsey
    Haiti (pending)
    Honduras (pending)
    Ireland
    Isle of Man
    Jersey
    Luxembourg
    Malta
    Martinique
    Mayotte
    Netherlands
    New Caledonia
    New Zealand
    Nicaragua (pending)
    Norway
    Panama (pending)
    Paraguay (pending)
    Peru (pending)
    Philippines (pending)
    Pitcairn Islands
    Portugal
    Reunion
    Saint Barthelemy
    Saint Helena
    Saint Martin
    Saint Pierre & Miquelon
    Sark (pending)
    Scotland
    South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    Spain
    Surinam (pending)
    Sweden
    Switzerland (pending)
    Tristan da Cunha
    Uruguay
    Venezuela (pending)
    Wallis & Futuna

    Distrito Federal, Mexico
    State of Aguascalientes, Mexico
    State of Baja California, Mexico
    State of Baja California Sur, Mexico
    State of Campeche, Mexico
    State of Chiapas, Mexico
    State of Chihuahua, Mexico
    State of Coahuila, Mexico
    State of Colima, Mexico
    State of Guanajuato, Mexico
    State of Guerrero, Mexico
    State of Jalisco, Mexico
    State of Michoacán, Mexico
    State of Morelos, Mexico
    State of Nayarit, Mexico
    State of Nuevo León, Mexico
    State of Oaxaca, Mexico
    State of Puebla, Mexico
    State of Quintana Roo, Mexico
    State of Sonora, Mexico
    State of Veracruz, Mexico
    State of Yucatan, Mexico

    District of Columbia, USA
    Territory of Guam, USA
    Territory of Northern Mariana Islands, USA
    Territory of Puerto Rico, USA
    Territory of U.S. Virgin Islands, USA
    State of Alaska, USA
    State of Arizona, USA
    State of Alabama, USA***
    State of Arkansas, USA
    State of California, USA
    State of Colorado, USA
    State of Connecticut, USA
    State of Delaware, USA
    State of Florida, USA
    State of Georgia, USA
    State of Hawaii, USA
    State of Idaho, USA
    State of Illinois, USA
    State of Indiana, USA
    State of Iowa, USA
    State of Kansas, USA
    State of Kentucky, USA
    State of Louisiana, USA***
    State of Maine, USA
    State of Maryland, USA***
    State of Massachusetts, USA
    State of Michigan, USA
    State of Minnesota, USA
    State of Mississippi, USA
    State of Missouri, USA
    State of Montana, USA
    State of Nebraska, USA
    State of New Hampshire, USA
    State of New Jersey, USA
    State of New Mexico, USA
    State of New York, USA***
    State of Nevada, USA
    State of North Carolina, USA
    State of North Dakota, USA
    State of Ohio, USA
    State of Oklahoma, USA
    State of Oregon, USA
    State of Pennsylvania, USA
    State of Rhode Island, USA
    State of South Carolina, USA
    State of South Dakota, USA
    State of Tennessee, USA
    State of Texas, USA***
    State of Utah, USA
    State of Vermont, USA
    State of Virginia, USA
    State of Washington, USA***
    State of West Virginia, USA
    State of Wisconsin, USA
    State of Wyoming, USA
    Coquille Indian Tribe on southwest coast of Oregon, USA
    Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, USA
    Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in southeast Connecticut, USA
    Confederated Tribes of the Colvile Reservation in northeast Washington, USA
    The Suquamish Tribe in northwest Washington, USA
    Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes in Alaska, USA
    Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, USA
    Osage Nation in Oklahoma, USA
    Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, USA
    Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota, USA


    REGIONS WITH SPECIAL STATUS:


    MARRIAGE RECOGNITION WITHOUT EQUAL ACCESS TO REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE
    Faroe Islands
    Gibraltar
    Mexico (7)
    South Africa (6)

    MARRIAGE WITHOUT ACTUAL MARRIAGE EQUALITY
    England (9)
    Wales (9)
    Northern Ireland (9)


    REGIONS WITH OTHER STATUS:
    DE FACTO - COMMON LAW - CIVIL UNIONS - PACS - DOMESTIC/LIFE PARTNERSHIPS


    Andorra
    Aruba
    Austria (11)
    Chile
    Croatia (5)
    Cyprus
    Czech Republic
    Denmark (11)
    Ecuador
    England
    Estonia
    Finland (11)
    France (11)
    French Guiana (11)
    French Polynesia (11)
    Germany (11)
    Gibraltar
    Greece (10)
    Greenland (11)
    Guadeloupe (11)
    Hungary (8)
    Isle of Man
    Israel
    Italy
    Jersey
    Liechtenstein
    Luxembourg (11)
    Malta (11)
    Martinique (11)
    Mayotte (11)
    Montenegro (effective in 2021)
    New Caledonia (11)
    New Zealand (11)
    Northern Ireland
    Reunion (11)
    Saint Barthelemy
    Saint Martin (11)
    Saint Pierre & Miquelon (11)
    San Marino
    Scotland
    Slovenia (5)
    Switzerland (5)
    Taiwan (12)
    Thailand (pending)
    Uruguay (11)
    Wales
    Wallis & Futuna (11)

    Australia (Commonwealth/Federal Level of Government) (11)
    Australian Capital Territory, Australia (11)
    Northern Territory, Australia (11)
    State of New South Wales, Australia (11)
    State of Queensland, Australia (11)
    State of South Australia, Australia (11)
    State of Tasmania, Australia (11)
    State of Victoria, Australia (11)
    State of Western Australia, Australia (11)


    ***The corrupt top state court in this region makes all laws in this region questionable.
    ****Civil unions, domestic partnerships, and registered partnerships in these states provide only a fraction of marriage-related rights (the greatest missing one is not being singled out from marriage - even heterosexual mass murderers who kill their children get marriage, so civil union status is profoundly unequal).

    (5) Fails to meet basic fundamental requirements of democracy, including Equal Protection under Law, so all of its laws are questionable.

    (6) Maintains two separate laws for couples, a Civil Union Act for gay and straight couples, and a Marriage Act for straight couples only; the Civil Union Act - a Civil Union/Marriage hybrid piece of legislation - requires fingerprinting and photographs while the Marriage Act does not. Contrary to widespread reporting by media, South Africa does not provide marriage equality, calling into question the effectiveness of its entire constitution which purports to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    (7) Mexico is a special case. Marriage equality is recognized across the nation, as of August 10, 2010, for marriages lawfully performed in a jurisdiction; currently within Mexico, the Distrito Federal (aka Mexico City DF), for example, provides recognition AND performance of marriages regardless of gender or sexual orientation. So, for instance, a couple married in the Distrito Federal is recognized nationwide. Other jurisdictions may offer performance of civil unions or civil partnerships, for instance, but marriage from other jurisdictions is still recognized. Separate status from marriage has been held as unconstitional discrimination - for instance, the conjugal bond status law in Colima was invalidated for denying marriage equality (today, the State of Colima provides marriage equality).

    (8) Government including judiciary one of the top most corrupt in the world, rendering democracy non-existent and constitution moot.

    (9) There are six areas not equal including civil partnership access for straight couples who do not wish marriage, access to annulment, rules and costs for religious groups who want to offer ceremonies, some religious groups and individuals banned from performing ceremonies even if they want to, nondiscriminatory gender identity rights in marriage, and pension rights.

    (10) Top judiciary one of the most corrupt in the world, rendering democracy non-existent and constitution/rule of law moot.

    (11) Also has marriage equality in addition to other forms of relationship recognition such as Civil Partnerships.

    (12) A quasi-civil union status that does not meet equality standards by any stretch of the imagination and calls into question whether the Taiwan constitution regarding equality is meaningless.

    REGIONS WITH OTHER STATUS:
    ONE OR MORE INDIVIDUAL MARRIAGE-RELATED RIGHTS/RESPONSIBILITIES FOR COUPLES


    Liechtenstein


    FURTHER SUBDIVISIONS (COUNTIES, MUNICIPALITIES, ETC.) PROVIDING ONE OR MORE INDIVIDUAL MARRIAGE-RELATED RIGHTS FOR COUPLES


    Numerous and diverse subdivisions around the globe, such as Counties and Municipalities, have legal registries for same-sex couples that provide some or many marriage-related rights. Examples include Florence, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; Buenos Aires, Argentina. These subdivisions represent both large and small population centers with some of the larger subdivisions greater in population than many countries, states and provinces on Earth (e.g. Autonomous City of Buenos Aires pop. 2.7 million, which provided civil unions before Argentina enacted marriage equality nationwide).


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