Is marriage a civil right? Federal civil rights law in the U. Using this standard, marriage has long been established as a fundamental right of all Americans. Marriage equality activists argue that the ability for all adults in the U. The operative constitutional text is Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified in This excerpt states:.
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Hungary amends constitution to redefine family, effectively banning gay adoption
The nationalist Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has worked to recast Hungary in a more conservative mold since winning a third successive landslide in , and anti-gay verbal attacks and legislation have become common. In recent years Orban, facing a unified opposition for the first time, has doubled down on propagating his increasingly conservative ideology, deploying strong language against immigrants and Muslims who he says could upend European culture. The new Hungarian constitution defines family as "based on marriage and the parent-child relation. The mother is a woman, the father a man. Hungary has never allowed gay marriage but still recognizes civil unions. Adoption by gay and lesbian couples was possible until now if one partner applied as a single person. Although there are exceptions when single people or family members can adopt children, "the main rule is that only married couples can adopt a child, that is, a man and a woman who are married," Justice Minister Judit Varga wrote.
Marriage and the Constitution: What the Court Said and Why It Got It Wrong
The Federal Marriage Amendment FMA , also referred to by proponents as the Marriage Protection Amendment , was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would legally define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. The FMA would also prevent judicial extension of marriage rights to same-sex or other unmarried homosexual couples. An amendment to the U.
If Irina and Anastasia Lagutenko had any hopes they could someday officially be married in their homeland, the possibility vanished on July 1 when voters approved a package of constitutional amendments, one of them stipulating that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Unlike many LGBTQ people in Russia who keep low profiles because of pervasive enmity against nontraditional sexuality, they live openly as a same-sex couple with a month-old boy, named Dorian, who was born to Irina. They lack, and probably never will receive, those rights accorded to heterosexual couples. Although Russia decriminalized homosexuality decades ago, animosity against gays remains high. In , the Moscow city government ordered that gay pride parades be banned for the next years.