Five years later, in Januarythe Belgian parliament legalized same-sex marriage, giving gay and lesbian couples the same tax and inheritance rights as heterosexual couples. February 26, - US District Judge Orlando Garcia strikes down Texas' ban on same-sex marriage, ruling it has no "rational relation to a legitimate government purpose. October 9, - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Nevada and West Virginia. The Census will reveal many new insights as to how same-sex marriage is changing American lives. Another major argument against same-sex marriage is that it offends God and violates the natural moral order.
On February 13,Washington Gov. November 4, - Voters in California approve Proposition 8, which will amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. But those who advocate same-sex marriage have been more successful in general and many experts believe that social media has played a key role in the gay rights movements in the last decade. Same-sex couples in Canada gained most of the legal benefits of marriage in when the federal and provincial governments extended common law marriages to gay and lesbian couples.
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