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Gay Marriage Part 1
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mudcub
Hello all. I thought it would be fun to look at the "state of the civil unions". Here is a list of all the places in the United States and the larger world that support some form of gay marriage. This list is accurate to December 2006, and omits a lot of contention and actions in progress. But I hope you find it interesting. 

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United States
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Full gay marriage
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Massachusetts (since 2004)

Civil unions fully equivalent to marriage
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Vermont (2000)
Connecticut (2005)
New Jersey (to be implemented by April 23, 2007)

Civil unions partially equivalent to marriage
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New York (1997) (only for New York City)
Hawaii (1997)
Washington, D.C. (2002)
Maine (2004)
California (2005)
Alaska (2006) (rights to partners of state employees, currently disputed)

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Worldwide
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Full gay marriage
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The Netherlands (since 2001)
Belgium (2003)
Spain (2005)
Canada (2005)
South Africa (2006)
Israel (2006) (only for marriages performed in other countries)

Civil unions fully equivalent to marriage
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Denmark (since 1989)
Norway (1993)
Sweden (1995)
Iceland (1996)
Finland (2002)

Civil unions partially equivalent to marriage
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Hungary (1996)
Greenland (1996)
France (1999) (a civil contract called the Pacs, which gives some rights but not tax rights, inheritance and adoption)
Germany (2001) ("life partnership" only gives same inheritance and tenants' rights as heterosexual married couples)
Portugal (2001)
Croatia (2003)
Argentina (2003) (excluding adoption and inheritance rights)
Luxembourg (2004) (modeled after France)
New Zealand (2005)
United Kingdom (2005) (some rights in pensions, property, social security, and housing)
Andorra (2005)
Switzerland (2005)
Brazil (2005)
The Czech Republic (2006)
Slovenia (2006)
Mexico (2006) (just for Mexico City)
Uruguay (2006)
Australia (one small region)
Italy (10 regions)

Other of note
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Taiwan (in 2007) 



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It really is sad that the U.S. still seriously lags behind so many other countries when it comes to the issue of gay marriages and civil unions. Hopefully one day, we'll finally leave the Stone Ages behind and catch up with these other countries on this issue.

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