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Same-Sex Marriage

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

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