There are an array of international policies that variously legitimize same-sex partnerships, and consequently same-sex family formations, through extending the rights of lesbians and gay men to marry or to live as a legally recognized couple. N. Naples (2007) outlines the different types of relationship policies that can be utilized by same-sex couples, beginning with registered partnerships or civil unions, which include substantively similar-or the same-rights as marriage.

Evolution of the Institution

  • Irina and Irina have decided to tie the knot. They’re the first lesbian couple ever to put a request in for marriage to the authorities in Moscow.
  • We love each other and want to build a life together. That’s why we want to formally legitimize our relationship. We’re no different from any other couple; I just ...
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