AS many Americans know, last week Gov. John Baldacci of Maine signed a law that made this state the fifth in the nation to legalize gay marriage. These are marriages in which at least one member of the couple has changed genders since the wedding. In , I started the long and complex process of changing from male to female. Deedie stood by me, deciding that her life was better with me than without me.
Attitudes on Same-Sex Marriage
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Straight spouses of gay or bisexual partners are sometimes the last to know about their mate's sexual orientation. These partners can be successful at hiding or denying their sexual orientation for many years. Sometimes infidelity is part of this pattern of secrecy or denial. Realistically, unless your mate admits their sexual orientation to you directly, you may not know for sure. So-called signs of gayness, such as the way a person dresses, talks, walks, or looks, are not at all an indication of sexual orientation. Neither are behaviors such as a preference for anal sex or other sexual practices , erectile dysfunction, watching porn , homophobic behavior, being evasive or secretive, or hanging out with friends of the same sex.
The First Year of Marriage Is Tough, No Matter How You Spin It
Can lesbian and gay married couples apply for a green card if one partner is a U. The short answer: yes! The U.
Before same-sex marriage was declared legal in , the concept of a civil union was popular. For politicians, it seemed like an interchangeable idea that required no legal action—but if a civil union was the same as marriage, why would the LGBT community have fought so hard for equality? When people marry, they tend to do so for reasons of love and commitment. But marriage is also a legal status, which comes with rights and responsibilities. Marriage establishes a legal kinship between you and your spouse.