The following are some examples of the consequences of these rules: The court also struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Plan A, a qualified defined benefit plan, is maintained by Employer X, which operates only in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages. They will receive their offspring after a few long hours at the lot, and take the baby home. They also mentioned the American Psychological Association Guidelines for Psychotherapy with the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients as a good resource to guide your work. Hodges1 Same-sex marriage legal Same-sex marriage ban overturned, decision stayed indefinitely Same-sex marriage banned where federal circuit court has found similar bans unconstitutional Same-sex marriage banned Same-sex marriage legality complicated 1 Native American tribal jurisdictions have laws pertaining to same-sex marriage independent of state law. Boundaries internal to the community may be difficult as well, as same-sex couples typically maintain connections to friends and ex-lovers, and have more dense social networks, which may appear enmeshed to outsiders. A survey of clinical psychologists on treating lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Religious Discrimination — This can range from a simple refusal to recognize or bless the relationship, to denial of the same support services provided to heterosexual relationships think religious-based conversion therapy , to active political rallying efforts to deny rights to gays and lesbians think Pat Robertson blaming on gays and lesbians, along with the abortionists and secularists. Catholic Charities , the church's social services arm, is one of dozens of nonprofit organizations that partner with the District. I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life.