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The number of homosexuals in the United States has been increasing and this was clearly concluded with the assistance of the statistics provided by surveys conducted by the William’s Institute. It was highlighted that the number of same-sex couples increased from 594,391 to 776,943 from the year 2001 to 2005 (Romero et al 2007). Owing to these increases in the number of homosexuals in the country, there have been many legal fights which have been carried out by these groups. Following the year 1990, many uprisings and legal proceedings were initiated by gays for the provision of legality for their marriages. The first major case was held in the Supreme Court of Hawaii in 1993 which invalidated the decision of a lower court from permitting three homosexual couples from marrying. This legal hearing was followed by other proceedings in the State of Alaska in 1998 and Vermont in 1999. A definitive breakthrough for the same-sex couples was achieved in the year 2000 when their marriages were legally allowed in the state of Vermont. Therefore, Vermont became the first State in the United States to permit same-sex marriages. But there were other states like Mexico where these marriages were initially legalized but the decision was later made invalid. President Bush also strongly criticized the steps for validating gay marriages in the year 2004. Thus there has been no uniform law in the country with regard to same-sex marriages (New York Times 2010. Human Rights Campaign, Staff Reports 2004).&nbsp.The number of homosexuals in the United States has been increasing and this was clearly concluded with the assistance of the statistics provided by surveys conducted by the William’s Institute. It was highlighted that the number of same-sex couples increased from 594,391 to 776,943 from the year 2001 to 2005 (Romero et al 2007). Owing to these increases in the number of homosexuals in the country, there have been many legal fights which have been carried out by these groups. Following the year 1990, many uprisings and legal proceedings were initiated by gays for the provision of legality for their marriages. The first major case was held in the Supreme Court of Hawaii in 1993 which invalidated the decision of a lower court from permitting three homosexual couples from marrying. This legal hearing was followed by other proceedings in the State of Alaska in 1998 and Vermont in 1999. A definitive breakthrough for the same-sex couples was achieved in the year 2000 when their marriages were legally allowed in the state of Vermont. Therefore, Vermont became the first State in the United States to permit same-sex marriages. But there were other states like Mexico where these marriages were initially legalized but the decision was later made invalid. President Bush also strongly criticized the steps for validating gay marriages in the year 2004. Thus there has been no uniform law in the country with regard to same-sex marriages (New York Times 2010. Human Rights Campaign, Staff Reports 2004).&nbsp. With the rise in the number of same-sex couples, many research activities have been conducted to highlight their behavior and sexuality. A very important research finding on this issue highlights the fact that the sexuality of an individual is a genetic trait and homosexual behavior is inborn genetic incorporation (Newton 1994). It has been indicated that the sexual behavior of the individual is determined by an area in the higher brain and this area was concluded to show differences in the homosexuals and the heterosexuals.

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