On Monday, it was confirmed that Takatora Kobayashi, a member of the Mie Prefectural Assembly, posted the private address and names of a same-sex couple on his own blog. Kobayashi has been vocal about not supporting same-sex marriages, taking to Twitter to share his views. The couple has asked for their address to be taken down, but Kobayashi, who says that because he has not been directly contacted by the couple, will not remove their information. The prefecture was the first in Japan to pass such legislation. In regard to criticism over his actions, Kobayashi took to his blog to restate his position on same-sex marriage. In Japan, where no such national law exists, activists and allies have asked officials to provide greater protection to the LGBTQ community.
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Lawmakers in three states pushed ahead with bills to protect the right to refuse service to same-sex couples, claiming religious liberty is at stake. February 20, Four more states joined a broad conservative push against same-sex marriage this week, as several moved forward legislation that protects businesses, officials, and organizations who refuse to serve gay couples. In Kentucky, lawmakers pushed to create separate marriage licenses for gay and straight weddings. Citing religious liberty, lawmakers in Virginia, Georgia, and Mississippi approved bills that they say offers equal protection for same-sex marriage opponents and supporters alike. These are states where there is far less public support for the Supreme Court's June effective legalization of gay marriage than polls show nationwide. Although majorities of Americans support the right to gay marriage, Southern states, in particular, show a different story.
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Gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage, is the marriage of people of the same sex or gender. In , a same-sex couple in Minnesota applied for a marriage license and was denied. The case was brought to the Minnesota Supreme Court and brought the question of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples to the public attention. Unfortunately, many of these early cases were unsuccessful.
Q: What is the greatest threat posed by allowing gays and lesbians to marry? A: The better question is: What is the great good in protecting the public understanding that to make a marriage you need a husband and a wife? I can illustrate my point with a personal example.