In all but two of those states, the rulings were stayed, although some of the states briefly performed same-sex marriages prior to their suspension. It has been shown through studies that individuals who get married are more successful financially, emotionally, psychologically and medically. This is due to the fact that married couples tend to have a stronger support system, do not feel the effects of loneliness and lean on each other through difficult times, more so than their single counterparts. Hide Caption 10 of 33 Photos: Most same-sex marriage advocates further held that international human rights legislation provided a universal franchise to equal treatment under the law. Bush —that would outlaw gay marriage across the country. These households, in turn, form the foundation of a productive society—a society in which, albeit incidentally, children, elders, and others who may be relatively powerless are likely to be protected. The Bills, if enacted, would also have removed the prohibition on the recognition of marriage between same-sex couples solemnised in a foreign country. A third perspective holds that marriage is an instrument of societal domination and so is not desirable. Since then, same-sex marriage has become even more popular and controversial in both political affairs and social media, escalating a debate that has continued to change the minds of citizens. The researchers took advantage of the gradual manner in which same-sex marriage was established in the United States expanding from 1 state in to all 50 states in to compare the rate of attempted suicide among children in each state over the time period studied. Sexuality is but one of many areas where religious and civic authority interact; definitions of the purpose of marriage is another. There is an argument that the Hague Marriage Convention requires signatory countries Australia is one to recognise overseas same-sex marriages. In their view, because male and female are both necessary for procreation, the privileges of marriage should be available only to opposite-sex couples. Whitaker , University of Divinity Some Australian Christians claim to be persecuted — this is not only wrong, it is an insult to thousands around the world who are at risk because of their religion. This legislation declared that same-sex marriages would not be recognized for federal purposes, such as the award of Social Security benefits normally afforded to a surviving spouse or employment-based benefits for the partners of federal employees.