Meanwhile, conservative lobbying groups are pushing Congress to pass a Federal Marriage Amendment, mandating that marriages be performed only between a man and a woman. As to future legal change, the author identifies three questions likely to arise in the relatively near future that will flow, directly or indirectly, from same-sex marriage: Labor backs religious protections in Liberal's same-sex marriage bill. Hungary and the Czech Republic, however, do recognize same-sex partnerships; ina Budapest court ruled that same-sex marriages performed abroad must be recognized as partnerships. Topics in News. One issue that will likely be front and center is religious liberty. It was a narrow victory but one that took immediate effect and was designed to end a culture war that had raged across the US for more than a decade.
Two years on, as Australia decides on same-sex marriage, what was once one of the most bitterly contested social issues in the US is hardly ever publically debated.
The Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional for the Federal Government to deny the recognition of a marriage when a state recognized the marriage. I was not surprised that Justice Kennedy wrote this landmark opinion, because Obergefell makes use of a trio of significant decisions authored by Kennedy about the constitutional liberty and equality of gay men and lesbians. For example, if same-sex marriage were to produce some negative effects on the rest of the society. While the number of same-sex couples in the population is too small to produce significant change in overall patterns of behavior, the issue of gay marriage has generated so much attention and debate that a mixed process of gay assimilation to and effect on the social meaning of marriage is a reasonable expectation.
It turns out that economics does a pretty good job at explaining and predicting patterns in marriage that would otherwise appear irrational.