Same-sex marriage , also known as gay marriage , is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender , entered into in a civil or religious ceremony. There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century. In the modern era, marriage equality was first granted to same-sex couples in the Netherlands on 1 April As of January , same-sex marriage was legally performed and recognized in 29 countries nationwide or in some jurisdictions :. The introduction of same-sex marriage has varied by jurisdiction, and came about through legislative change to marriage law , court rulings based on constitutional guarantees of equality, recognition that it is allowed by existing marriage law,  or by direct popular vote via referendums and initiatives.
Gay Marriage Legal Analysis
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In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States.
They also wanted the same benefits as heterosexual couples, like Social Security. Another opinion was the opposition of gay marriage. These people believed that gay marriage disrupted religious beliefs because the bible stated that only a man and a woman could marry. People against same sex marriage also stated that a couple can only have sex if their intentions are to have a baby, but because same sex couples cannot do this, they are sinful.