Mexico City. After moving to San Support for same-sex marriage also remains low in the Caribbean, at just 16 percent in Jamaica and 23 percent in the Dominican Republic. It included almost all of the rights available to married couples in Brazil.
Invoters approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. The court ruled on 1 December that the existing marriage laws violated the equality clause of the Bill of Rights because they discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation.
Main article: Same-sex marriage in Iceland. The Court said that governments "must recognise and guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the same sex". China To the Brink With China. Congress passed, and President Bill Clinton signed, a federal DOMA that defines marriage for purposes of federal law as the union between a man and a woman.
Civil unions or registered partnerships nationwide. Nor could it rationally exclude non-needy couples who happen to be of the same sex, while including non-needy couples of the opposite sex. Bachelet signed the bill on 14 April, and it came into effect on 22 October. Inthe California legislature also passed legislation authorizing same-sex marriage — so far the only state legislature to do so.
Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. Opponents of the bill launched a petition for a referendum and managed to collect 40, signatures. Legal status of same-sex unions.
Main article: Assisted reproductive technology. The other countries that are signatories to the American Convention on Human Rights and recognize the binding jurisdiction of the court, and which do not already have same-sex marriage nationally, are Barbados , Bolivia , Chile , Dominican Republic , El Salvador , Guatemala , Haiti , Honduras , Mexico, Nicaragua , Panama , Paraguay , Peru and Suriname.
Meanwhile, opponents are looking to the November election, seeking to have constitutional gay-marriage bans placed on the ballot in as many as 10 states, including Arizona and Indiana.