Same Sex Marriage Analysis

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Marriage Same Sex Couples Act 2013- Separate not Equal. The act has afforded Same Sex couples the ability to marry, however discrimination is evident since the rights which accompany this are not equal to those which accompany heterosexual marriage. The Marriage Same Sex Couples Act 2013, hereafter referred to as the Act 2013, is an important piece of legislation as it signifies the move toward acceptance of different lifestyles and seems to adhere to the separation of church and state. It has enabled persons who are of a homosexual or transgender orientation to elevate their relationship to the status of marriage. The Act 2013 has afforded same sex couples the ability to marry in civil ceremonies, they may be turned away by religious organizations, since religious organizations may marry same sex couples only if they have ‘explicitly opted in.’ It is not unlawful for a religious organization or minister to refuse to marry a same sex couple as per the Equality Act of 2010, which is in accordance with Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights which guarantees the right to freedom of religion. The Act 2013 enables civil partnerships to convert into marriages, per the partners’ wishes. It provides transgender persons with the opportunity to have their change of gender recognized without having to bring their existing marriage to an end. The Act 2013 has ensured that there are marriage rights for everyone in the United Kingdom and has received a large welcome from
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