In a landmark ruling likely to set the agenda for US sexual politics in the next century, the Vermont supreme court ruled yesterday that gay couples had the legal right to the same benefits and protection as heterosexual married couples. The judgment, described as the first of its kind in a US court, was greeted as a "huge victory" by the Washington-based gay pressure group, the Human Rights Campaign HRC. The court left it to the state legislature to say whether equal benefits for gay couples should be instituted through formal marriage, or a system of domestic partnerships which would guarantee equivalent rights under state law. Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for the American Centre for Law and Justice, which opposed gay marriages, said: "This is the first appellate court that has said there is a state constitutional right for same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriages to resume in California after Prop 8 ruling
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LGBTQ is an acronym meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. Queer is an umbrella term for non-straight people; intersex refers to those whose sex is not clearly defined because of genetic, hormonal, or biological differences; and asexual describes those who don't experience sexual attraction. It is the first documented gay rights organization. The Society focuses on social acceptance and other support for homosexuals. April - The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance. Read More.
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California is seen as one of the most liberal states in the U. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in the state since Discrimination protections regarding sexual orientation and gender identity or expression were adopted statewide in