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A Review of Actions in 2013 Related to Legalizing Homosexual Marriage

There were a number of significant developments in 2103 on both sides in the fight to protect traditional man/woman marriage in the U.S. and around the world. The following is a summary of the good and the bad:

Several more countries moved to legalize same-sex marriage during the year: Brazil, France, Uruguay, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Judges in Brazil imposed same-sex marriage on that country. In the others, the action was taken by legislative vote. There are now 20 countries around the world that recognize homosexual marriages, though in some cases, such as in the United States and Mexico, it is recognized only by some political subdivisions.

On the other side of the ledger, there were two significant setbacks for those pushing to legalize same-sex marriage in two countries in 2013. In Australia, the question of whether to legalize homosexual marriage was one of the major issues in the national elections there. Opposition leader Tony Abbott decisively defeated Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, an outspoken proponent of homosexual marriage, who actively made legalizing same-sex marriage a major campaign issue. Just last month, the Australian High Court stopped an attempt by the Australian Capital Territory to legalize homosexual marriage.

The second major setback to same-sex marriage activists came in December when voters in Croatia voted overwhelmingly to amend the national constitution to define marriage as only the union of a man and a woman.

It is worth noting that in France, although the recently elected socialist government was able to push through the legalization of homosexual marriage, it set off a firestorm of protest in that country. Hundreds of thousands turned out in several massive rallies in Paris that sent a clear signal how strongly many French opposed the change.

There have been significant developments on marriage in 2013 in eight states in the U.S.: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Utah.

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