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How same-sex marriage become legal

Same-sex marriage has been legal for approximately two years, ever since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. The decision gave the right of marriage to same-sex couples throughout the United States; however, before 2015, numerous individual states had already legalized same-sex marriage locally.

Do pastry chefs have the right to refuse gay clientele?

Same-sex couples have had the right to get married for almost two years now in the United States, but do cake bakers have the right to refuse them business? The U.S. Supreme Court could be facing a decision about whether individuals have the right to say "no" to participating in same-sex marriages when it comes to offering their business services.

Proposed law bolsters inheritance rights of same-sex spouses

One of the most important benefits of same-sex marriage is the fact that married couples benefit from Minnesota state inheritance laws. Without a marriage and without a will, the romantic partner of another person won't be entitled to inherit the partner's property in the event of unforeseen death.

Same-sex marriage brings a surprising drop in teen suicide

A drop in teen suicide attempts occurred following the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage. The decrease in suicide attempts was the largest among lesbian, bisexual and gay teenagers. Similar drops in suicide attempts were previously seen in states that preemptively legalized gay marriage in advance of the Supreme Court's ruling.

Same-sex parents: Do you have parental rights?

There are a lot of different ways that same-sex couples can have children. If they are two women, they can adopt, have a child through a sperm donor or have a fertilized egg from another mother placed in the womb. There are other options, and many available for two males as well. The more complicated problems, however, arise when same-sex parents decide to divorce.

University of Minnesota shares its gay marriage exhibit

The University of Minnesota created a special exhibit honoring America's first gay marriage, and now the exhibit is being loaned out for display in other states. The University of Minnesota Library's GLBT studies program was responsible for the exhibit, which is part of its Tretter Collection.

Same-sex marriage: Should you tie the knot?

We all know about the many benefits of same-sex marriage, and simply from the standpoint of equality and civil rights, the fact that same-sex marriage is now the right of all gay couples is something to be celebrated. However, just because it is now legal for gay couples to get married, it is not a good reason for partners to run to make a beeline to their local churches and courthouses to tie the proverbial knot. There are benefits and drawbacks of being married and both should be considered.

When did same-sex marriage become legal in Minnesota?

In the summer of 2015, a landmark case called Obergefell v. Hodges came to a close. The Supreme Court was overseeing the case, and they ruled on June 26 that same-sex marriage couldn't be banned on the state level. This led to a lot of changes to marriage law around the country as states that still made it illegal had to update their laws.

Old language could cast shadows over same-sex marriages

As much as we might think language is static the truth is it is very dynamic. You might occasionally hear the word "hark" used today, but probably only if you're watching a Shakespeare play. Parcel used to mean partly. Now it pretty much only refers to a package.

Public health care coverage falls short for transgender man

The social consciousness in Minnesota around sexual orientation and gender identity has been undergoing significant change in the past several decades. Marriage between same-sex couples was legal in the state long before the U.S. Supreme Court declared marriages legal across the nation last year.

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