Order Reprints Today's Paper Subscribe. Amid widespread efforts in many states to prevent same-sex marriage, there was at least one notable victory for gay-rights advocates during this period. By Travis Weber The short answer: Notably, they found that most cultures expressed an ideal form of marriage and an ideal set of marriage partners, while also practicing flexibility in the application of those ideals. He was married on the first day it was legally possible and was welcomed warmly by everyone in his community. Tepler, it allowed a woman to pursue a medical practice claim for the loss of income and companionship based on the care her female partner received between and By the following decade, polls indicated that roughly one-half of British citizens approved of legalizing same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom ; such marriages were legalized in England and Wales in , and Scotland followed suit in If the law must be passed there should be protections for those who do not share the views of the ruling. Federal protections conferred by marriage include 1, laws and policies, such as Social Security, family medical leave, federal taxation and immigration policy. The case was opposed by the Family Institute of Connecticut , which was denied intervenor status in the case. Although most religions subscribe to just one of these beliefs, it is not uncommon for two or more viewpoints to coexist within a given society. Before that date, couples in existing Connecticut civil unions could convert them to marriages voluntarily. Any efforts to force churches to open their facilities for same-sex weddings or otherwise infringe on the ability of pastors or churches to act according to their faith should be promptly communicated to us so we can be sure these issues receive the proper attention, and assistance from our allied legal organizations can be made available. Nevertheless, in other parts of Europe, particularly central and southern Europe, support for same-sex marriage was quite low, often with fewer than one-fifth of those polled favouring legalization. In this view, such relationships are intrinsically worthy while also quite distinct from though not incompatible with activities associated with the bearing or raising of children. Beginning in the late s, Alaska, Nebraska and Nevada amended their state constitutions to prohibit same-sex marriage.