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Recent developments:

The Bible recognized eight different forms of marriage. However, since biblical times, the range of allowable marriages had generally been restricted to only the "one-woman, one-man" form.  In the U.S. and Canada, marriage was a special privilege reserved only for opposite-sex couples....until recently.

Times are changing:

bulletIn 2000-DEC, marriage in the Netherlands was extended to same-sex couples. More details.
bulletDuring mid-2003, in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada, senior provincial courts ordered their provinces to start marrying same-sex couples.  More details.
bulletIn the state of Massachusetts, SSM became available in 2004-MAY. More details.
bulletA number of cities and counties and cities across the U.S. started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004-FEB. However, states refused to register them. More details.
bulletBy the end of 2004, 87% of Canadians lived in a province or territory that allowed same-sex marriage.
bulletIn 2005-JAN, a New York court ruled that SSM was required by the state constitution.
bulletIn 2005-FEB, the Canadian federal government introduced C-38, a bill to make SSM available throughout all of Canada. It became law on 2006-JUL-20.

As of early 2007, same-sex couples can marry in Massachusetts or California, get "civil unionized" in Connecticut, New Jersey or Vermont. All obtain the full set of state rights, obligations and privileges as are routinely extended to married opposite-sex couples. However, the over 1,000 federal benefits given to opposite-sex couples are denied them.

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