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Same-sex couples are flocking to the UK in search of a new life where they can take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act that grants gay couples all the privileges of marriage, according to a Human Rights Watch report. Gay couples have also been emigrating to other of the nineteen countries that now allow similar unions or full marriage, such as Canada. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., more states are amending their constitutions to ban same-sex marriage. For now, it's mostly binational gay couples who are making the passage, but others can be expected to emigrate if the climate in the U.S. continues to sour. And it may well turn out that GLBT people are, as often in the recent past, harbingers of a wider demographic trend and pioneers in their own right. As the U.S. drifts toward abortion bans and "intelligent design," it seems likely that people on the cultural fringe--or just those in search of universal health care--will look to the north and east for alternatives. In fact, it appears the exodus has already begun.
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Title Annotation:BTW; same sex couples shift to United Kingdom
Publication:The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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