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41. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

Perhaps it wasn't sand but cocoa powder?

If it was, I wouldn't have let it get anywhere near the fire! I don't care who's arguing about what - there's no excuse for wasting perfectly good chocolate. ;)

42. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

haha

43. Posted by Tsunami (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

In my native country, Belgium, it's perfectly legal. I have one pair of homosexual friends in Spain, and they got married recently, so apparently it's legalised there as well.

My own stand is that any decent country should legalise it, what's wrong with two people loving each other ? To quote singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco (bisexual herself): "Love is genderless"

44. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 11y

My home state, Massachusetts, has made it legal. I don't see any problems with it- but it's not too popular where I am right now, North Carolina

45. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Quoting Tsunami

In my native country, Belgium, it's perfectly legal. I have one pair of homosexual friends in Spain, and they got married recently, so apparently it's legalised there as well.

My own stand is that any decent country should legalise it, what's wrong with two people loving each other ? To quote singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco (bisexual herself): "Love is genderless"

So about 99.9% of countries in the world are not decent? By the way, there's no law against two people loving each other anywhere, as far as I know....

46. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

it's legal in a few provinces/territories in Canada... but not all of them...
i think British Columbia and Ontario HAVE made it legal, while Quebec and Alberta have NOT made it legal... (just to name a couple...)

i know lots of people that want it to be legalised in more areas, and lots that don't... so who's to say its "right" or "wrong"?

one way or another, someone won't be happy because you can't please everybody...

Lauren;)

47. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Does anyone know of same - sex partners having children ? If so, which parents surname has the child been gven?

48. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Usually a combination of both. If Jane Smith and Sue Jones had children, the child is baby Smith-Jones. Terrible thing is...If one of the women was artificialy inseminated, and gave birth. Legally if they separate sometime down the road. The non-birth mother has NO rights to that child (unless the nonbirth mother actually adopts the child)

49. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Oops, didn't mean to make it sound like ONLY same sex couples breaking up is bad. Any relationship dissolving is made worse when children are involved.

50. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The institution of marriage has been in a state of flux for centuries:

It was only after the civil war that African-Americans were allowed to marry in all areas of the U.S.It was only after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1967 that mixed race couples could marry anywhere in the U.S. But, until recently, same-sex couples could not marry anywhere in the world.

This final restriction was lifted during 2001-APR, when Holland expanded its definition of marriage to include both opposite-sex and same sex couples. Belgium followed suit during 2003-JAN. Next came Ontario, a province in Canada in 2003-JUN. By 2004-NOV, same-sex marriage had become available in most Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ontario, Quebec & Saskatchewan) and in one territory (Yukon). A lawsuit is expected in Alberta early in 2005. Over 82% of Canadian same-sex couples are be able to marry in their own province.

Some political jurisdictions have special legislation that allows gay and lesbian couples to register their committed relationship and gain some benefits, However, they do not receive all of the advantages that opposite-gender couples automatically acquire when they marry. These areas include most of the Scandinavian nations, and a number of states in the U.S.: Vermont, California, Hawaii, etc.

Same-sex marriage, or its equivalent, is being actively discussed in a few countries of the world, including Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland.

http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_marr.htm