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Same-sex marriage should be legalised in Japan.
DATA 1:Japan allows its citizens same-sex marriage abroad (AFP) Mar 27, 2009
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TOKYO (AFP) Japan has given the green light for its nationals to marry same-sex foreign partners in countries where gay marriage is legal, a justice ministry official said Friday. Japan does not allow same-sex marriages at home and has so far also refused to issue a key document required for citizens to wed overseas if the applicant's intended spouse was of the same gender. Under the change, the justice ministry has told local authorities to issue the key certificate -- which states a person is single and of legal age -- for those who want to enter same-sex marriages, the official told AFP. "This is one step forward," said Taiga Ishikawa, who leads a gay support group. "Gay Japanese have suffered a disadvantage... although they should be able to marry in some countries overseas." Same-sex marriage is allowed in countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, South Africa and some US states. Copyright © 2010 AFP. All rights reserved. DATA 2: Overview of ¶gay marriage· worldwide; Obama quote.. Gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage, is marriage between two persons of the same sex. By 2010, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Norway, Sweden and South Africa had all legalized same-sex marriage. The federal government of the United States does not recognize the marriages of same-sex couples, but five American states have legalized same-sex marriage: New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. However, President Obama has regularly opposed same sex marriage, saying, "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman."[1] He didn't say that gay couples were bad, noting that 'same-sex partners should be able to visit each other in hospitals, « transfer property, (and ) « get the same federal rights and benefits that are conferred onto married couples DATA 3: Same-sex acts are found among many species in the animal kingdom.
An often quoted source is that 10% of humans prefer same-sex relationships, but also a Bruce Bagemhi in his book on animal sexuality said that homosexuality and other forms of so-

called "deviant" sexuality are pervasive in wild animals; that homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender, group sex, and more, are common in nature. DATA 4: Definitions of marriage

In his book The History of Human Marriage (1921), Edvard Westermarck defined marriage as "a more or less durable connection between male and female lasting beyond the mere act of propagation till after the birth of the offspring."[7] In The Future of Marriage in Western Civilization (1936), he rejected his earlier definition, instead provisionally defining marriage as "a relation of one or more men to one or more women that is recognised by custom or law". Same-sex marriage (history) There is a long history of recorded same-sex unions around the world. It is believed that samesex unions were celebrated in Ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and at certain times in ancient European history. A law in the Theodosian Code issued in 342 CE prohibited same-sex marriage in ancient Rome, but the exact intent of the law and its relation to social practice is unclear, as only a few examples of same-sex marriage in that culture exist.

DATA 4: Key questions: We have to ask ourselves the following questions: ‡ What is the function of ¶marriage·? Is it primarily to have and to bring up children?

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Why do people dislike the idea of ¶same-sex· marriage? Is it OK to think of someone who is in a ¶same-sex· relationship as acting in an acceptable way?

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How would you feel if a member of your family wanted a same-sex marriage?

‡ Can the definitions of marriage include same-sex marriage (look at your own dictionary and the above definitions)?

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Would ¶gay marriage· make the institution of marriage stronger, at a time when many people are living together as ¶partners·?

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Do you think ¶same-sex· marriage would help prevent the spread of sexual diseases?

‡ Can people in a ¶same-sex· relationship or marriage be ¶good parents·? Should they be allowed to ¶adopt· a child? Why or why not?

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