US President Joe Biden signed gay marriage legislation

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Joe Biden signed gay marriage legislation

United States (US) President Joe Biden signed gay marriage law. On the occasion, the President said that "the law that protects love strikes a chord against hate in all its forms".

Important facts

  • This law establishes statutory authority for same-sex and interracial marriages.

  • The House of Representatives passed the law on December 8 by a vote of 258-169-1.

  • The new law officially repeals the Marriage Act of 1996, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

  • In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in its decision legalized same-sex unions nationwide.

  • States would not be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if the court overturns its 2015 ruling. But they will be required to recognize marriages conducted elsewhere in the country.

Status of Same-Sex marriage around the world

  • Same-sex marriage is the marriage of two people of the same gender.

  • As of 2022, marriage between same-sex couples is legally recognized in 33 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, etc.

  • This does not usually include adoption rights, although most countries with same-sex marriage allow those couples to adopt jointly, as can other married couples.

  • The first law providing for marriage equality between same-sex and opposite-sex couples was passed by the Netherlands in 2000.

  • The right to marry is a fundamental right under article 21. However, same-sex marriage is not legalized in India.

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