The same-gender marriage is a custom of marriage between two people of one’s own sex. While same-sex marriage has been governed by statute, faith and tradition in several countries of the world, the social and cultural reactions varied from acceptance on the one side to criminalization on the other. In the new society, the first law on the same-gender marriage was introduced in the Netherlands during the first months of the 21st century.
Same-sex marriage has been legalized in twenty-seven countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies.
The history of same-sex marriage did not begin in the 20th century. LGBT people around the globe had the privilege of being accepted as friends and lovers from more than 1500 years earlier. Admit it or not, same-sex unions have been allowed in ancient Egypt, the southern Chinese province of Fujian in the Ming Dynasty, and other ancient European times.
At all these days, same-sex relationships were commonly accepted before Christianity became the most powerful faith in the Roman Empire. It was the Theodosian Code of 312 CE which banned same-sex marriages in ancient Rome and ordered anyone who had previously been married to a member of the same sex to be punished.
Gay marriages can add financial benefits to national, state and local governments, and can help strengthen the economy. State revenue from marriage derives from marriage certificates, reduced payroll taxes in some conditions (the so-called “marriage penalty”), and decreased expenses for social welfare services.