Here Are Other Countries Where SameSex Marriage Is Legal

28 Aug, 2018

The two species don’t always get along Bull sharks do prey on young hippos on occasion adults are sometimes bitten as well—though these attacks might be accidental (in murky poop-filled water bull sharks probably mistake hippo legs for fish) Whatever the case may be large hippopotamuses are adept at fending off bull sharks. The titular character was a humanoid muppet named Sam with appearances by an Oscar the Grouch-type monster character named Muchmellon Henson’s earliest surviving puppet Pierre the French Rat among others Kermit also made an appearance (he was created using an old coat that once belonged to Henson’s mother) but he wasn’t yet a frog According to a 1982 interview he was simply known as “Kermit. In December 2015 the Portuguese Parliament approved a bill to recognise adoptions rights for - couples.[311][312][313] It came into effect. In July 2015 Kim Jho Kwang-soo his partner Kim Seung-Hwan filed a lawsuit seeking legal status for their after their registration form was rejected by the local authorities in Seoul On 25 May 2016 a South Korean district court ruled against the couple argued that without clear legislation a - union can not be recognized as a [431] The couple quickly filed an appeal against the district court ruling Their lawyer Ryu Min-Hee announced that two more - couples had filed separate lawsuits in order to be allowed. In June 2012 the UK Government completed the consultation to allow civil for - couples in Engl Wales.[323] In its response to the consultation the Government said that it also intended " to enable those religious organisations that wish to conduct - ceremonies to do so on a permissive. Prior to the legalisation of - Germany was one of the first to legislate registered partnerships (Eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft) for - couples which provided most of the rights of The law came into effect on 1 August 2001 the act was progressively amended on subsequent occasions to reflect court rulings exping the rights of registered partners. Category:lgbt culture - (also known as gay ) is the of a - couple entered into in a civil or religious ceremony The term equality refers to a political status in which the s of - couples the s of opposite- couples are recognized as equal by.

Other hosts included eclectic stars like Johnny Cash Julie rews Peter Sellers Harry Belafonte Bob Hope Liza Minnelli Vincent Price Ethel Merman Diana Ross Debbie Harry Alice Cooper 13 THE MUPPETS WERE HAPPY TO LET GUEST HOSTS PLAY FAVORITES Since the guests wouldn’t make a repeat appearance they could make their one only shot count Guests were allowed to make special requests to the writers to appear in a scene with their favorite Muppet Miss Piggy was allegedly the most requested with Animal as a close second. On 17 October 2016 a married - couple filed an action of unconstitutionality seeking to recognise - s performed abroad.[414] In early November the case was admitted to the Supreme Court.[415] A challenge seeking to fully legalize - in Panama was introduced before the Supreme Court in March 2017.[416] The Supreme Court heard arguments on both cases in summer 2017.[417] Spain was the third country in the world to legalize - which has been legal since 3 July 2005 was supported by the majority of the Spanish people.[314][315] The Civil Union Act was passed by the National Assembly on 14 November 2006 by a vote of 230 to 41 It became law on 30 November 2006 South Africa became the fifth country the first in Africa the second outside Europe to legalize - The American Academy of Pediatrics concluded in 2006 in an analysis published in the journal Pediatrics:[68]

The 2018 Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling regarding the legalisation of - in that have ratified the American Convention on Human Rights applies to Peru On 11 January the president of the Supreme Court stated that the Peruvian Government should abide by the IACHR ruling.[160] Female always legal[1] According to a 1991 Muppets children’s book called The Phantom of the Muppet Theater the theater was built by a stage actor named John Stone in 1802 But in The Muppet Show the owner of the theater is J P Grosse a character first introduced in Episode 205 Scooter’s uncle The character only made a few appearances on the show but a running gag with Kermit had the frog going along with whatever dems were being made in Grosse's name due to his fear of the theater’s owner. The first shark fin sightings were quickly dismissed “Our members have a tendency to drink a little bit while they play so we really just put that down to too much alcohol,” general manager Scott Wagstaff told National Geographic But by 2003 there were photos a 2011 YouTube video taken by Wagstaff went viral According to the club’s website “there are between 6 12 sharks” in the lake; the biggest is roughly 9 feet long It’s also likely that they are breeding Carbrook Golf Club celebrates their cartilaginous guests: “Shark Lake Challenge” tournaments are held on the last Wednesday of every month a stylized shark fin adorns the club logo For obvious reasons ball retrieval has been prohibited. Unknown if gender change. Perhaps nothing better illustrates the connection between the end of apartheid the legalization of - than one interaction between a black woman from the townships a middle-class white man for whom she was preparing a license When he said he “didn’t want to make a fuss” that there would be no guests no rings the woman asked “Do you think you are a second-class citizen because you are gay? You have full rights in this new South Africa You have the right to make a fuss.” 6 Norway In 1993 Norway became only the second country after Denmark to recognize “registered partnerships” between - couples Starting in 2004 - became a topic of discussion in Parliament although no legislation for full status was passed until J going into effect on the first. Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies passed a bill on 12 December 2012 to extend rights to - couples.[346] The Senate passed the bill on 2 April 2013 but with minor amendments On 10 April 2013 the Chamber of Deputies passed the amended bill by a two-thirds majority (71–22) The president promulgated the law on 3 May 2013 it took effect on 5 August.[347] In June 2013 the National Assembly began formal debate on a proposal to establish legal recognition for - [463] On 24 September 2013 the Government issued the decree abolishing the fines on - s The decree took effect on 11 November 2013.[464][465][466] In 2012 scientists compared the bite strengths of 13 different sharks shark-like fish found that an adult bull shark can theoretically close its jaws with just under 6000 newtons of force at the back of its mouth over 2000 newtons at the front (Humans chomp with a maximum force of around 900 to 1300 newtons.) So proportionately the bull shark has the strongest bite of any shark whose jaw strength has been measured Nobody knows exactly why the shark evolved such a powerful mouth but it may have something to do with its diet: Bull sharks eat everything from oysters to turtles to other bull sharks their herculean jaws might make it easier to tear through a wide range of shells scales skins. The main party against - the Christian Democrats is finally coming around to the idea some three years later Just this week they signaled a major shift to the left in the party’s position on gay saying that all couples in Norway should be allowed to get married in non-religious ceremonies but that the decision to marry any couple in a religious ceremony should still be left to the individual church 7 Sweden Scinavia is one of the most liberal parts of the world 71% of the population of Sweden was in favor of - replacing the registered partnerships that had been legal since 1995 Legislation was passed in May 2008 five months later the Lutheran Church of Sweden announced its full support. New Zeal law only applies to New Zeal proper the Ross Dependency in Antarctica Other New Zeal territories including Cook Isls Niue Tokelau have their own law do not perform or recognise - [305] The extravagant opening number to The Muppet Show featured the cast of Muppets singing dancing culminating in each character sting in five distinctive lighted arches on stage What seems like a single shot is actually a bit of camera trickery Each row was filmed individually with puppeteers sporting one Muppet per h making it roughly seven puppeteers per row Footage of each pass was then stuck together to make it look like a single performance 10 THE MUPPETS' THEATER HAD A NAME The vaudeville house where the Muppets supposedly put on each performance is identified as “The Muppet Theatre” (notice the “re” spelling of theater given its London location) as seen in posters backstage signs throughout the series. It should be noted however that conubium existed only between a civis Romanus a civis Romana (that is between a male Roman citizen a female Roman citizen) so that a between two Roman males (or with a slave) would have no legal sting in Roman law (apart presumably from the arbitrary will of the emperor in the two aforementioned cases).[131] Furthermore according to Susan Treggiari "matrimonium was then an institution involving a mother mater The idea implicit in the word is that a man took a woman in in matrimonium ducere so that he might have children. Compared to sharks like the hammerhead (with its oddly shaped skull) the goblin (with its projectile mouth) the bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) looks rather generic—but this predator can swim thouss of miles upriver hunt baby hippos take over the occasional golf course. Slovenia recognises registered partnerships for - couples. A gay or biual man has the option of surrogacy the process in which a woman bears a child for another person through artificial insemination or carries another woman's surgically implanted fertilized egg to birth A lesbian or biual woman has the option of artificial insemination.[500][501] In any legal jurisdiction where s are defined without distinction of a requirement of a male female these complications do not occur In addition some legal jurisdictions recognize a legal official change of gender which would allow a transgender male or female to be legally married in accordance with an adopted gender identity.[504] At the Carbrook Golf Club located near Brisbane Australia tee time sometimes comes with teeth The course is next to the Logan River which flooded several times in the 1990s At some point newborn bull sharks were probably swept into the brackish llocked lake that sits beside tees 12 through 15 were trapped there when the Logan receded The lake is spacious (about 50 acres or the size of Gr Central Terminal) stocked with fish—good news for the sharks. In November 2008 the Supreme Court of Nepal issued final judgment on matters related to LGBT rights which included permitting - couples to marry - protection for ual minorities were to be included in the new Nepalese Constitution required to be completed by 31 May 2012.[410][411] However the Legislature was unable to agree on the Constitution before the deadline was dissolved after the Supreme Court ruled that the term could not be extended.[412] The Nepali Constitution was enacted in September 2015 but does not address - On 24 July 2013 a civil court judge in Bogotá declared a - couple legally married after a ruling on 11 July 2013 accepting the petition This was the first - couple married in Colombia.[211][212] In September 2013 two civil court judges married two - couples.[213] The first was challenged by a conservative group it was initially annulled Nevertheless in October a High Court (Tribunal Supremo de Bogotá) maintained the validity. In April 2016 the Supreme Court announced it would hear a lawsuit which seeks to declare Article 44 of the Civil Code unconstitutional for outlawing - [456] President Nicolás Maduro supports - has suggested that the Constituent Assembly would agree to legalising it.[457] On 28 November 2011 the first two - s occurred in Quintana Roo after it was discovered that Quintana Roo's Civil Code did not explicitly prohibit - [271] but these s were later annulled by the Governor of Quintana Roo in April 2012.[272] In May 2012 the Secretary of State of Quintana Roo reversed the annulments allowed for future - s to be performed in. In some African you can be sentenced to death or life in prison simply for being gay But South Africa is different the rights afforded to gays in that country since Novem can be directly traced back to the end of apartheid The 1997 Constitution made almost any form of discrimination illegal including that based on ual orientation In 2005 the Supreme Court found that the definition of unfairly excluded - partnerships gave the Parliament one year to pass the necessary legislation. Yu Mei-nu of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who is the convener of the current legislative session has expressed support for the amendment as have more than 20 other DPP lawmakers as well as two from the Taiwan Solidarity Union one each from the Kuomintang the People First Party.[451] Taiwan would become the first country in Asia to legalize - if the Civil Code is amended. "as I look at some of the early shows I'm really embarrassed by them,” he later said in an interview “It's always a difficult thing to do well to create the reality of the audience laughing I did one special dry—without any laugh track—looked at it then tried it adding a laugh track to it it's unfortunate but it makes the show funnier." But Henson still managed to include some laughs at the laugh track’s expense In episode 104 Kermit cracks a jokes that it is "up to the laugh track" whether the show is funny or not At the end of episode 320 Kermit signs off saying "You've been a wonderful. Since November 1999 France has had a civil union law that is open to both opposite- - couples.[242] The French Government introduced a bill to legalize - Bill 344 in the National Assembly on 17 November 2012 Article 1 of the bill defining as an agreement between two people was passed on 2 February 2013 in its first reading by a 249–97 vote On 12 February 2013 the National Assembly approved the entire bill in a 329–229 vote.[243] On 22 December 2014 a proposed amendment to the Civil Code which would legalize - was due to go under review by the Judiciary Committee If the amendment passes the committee stage it will then be voted on at the plenary session of the Legislative Yuan in 2015 The amendment called the equality amendment would insert neutral terms into the Civil Code replacing ones that imply heteroual effectively legalizing - It would also allow - couples to adopt children. More than 16,000 - couples are raising an estimated 22,000 adopted children in the United States.[498] - couples are raising 4% of all adopted children in the United States.[499] There is ample evidence to show that children raised by -gender parents fare as well as those raised by heteroual parents More than 25 years of research have documented that there is no relationship between parents' ual orientation any measure of a child's emotional psychosocial behavioral adjustment These data have demonstrated no risk to children as a result of growing up in a family with 1 or more gay parents Conscientious nurturing adults whether they are men or women heteroual or homoual can be excellent parents The rights benefits protections of civil can further strengthen these families. As of March 2017 23 [e] the overwhelming majority of which are developed democracies the rest being developing democracies recognize - As of August 2017 73 as well as five sub-national jurisdictions[f] have laws criminalizing homouality,[1] with most of these being African Islamic In 2006 that number was 92.[1] As of May 2016 16 have an unequal age of consent law.[1] - became legal in Norway on 1 January 2009 when a gender-neutral bill was enacted after being passed by the Norwegian Parliament in June 2008.[306][307] Norway became the first Scinavian country the sixth country in the world to legalize - Gender-neutral replaced Norway's previous system of registered partnerships for - couples Couples in registered partnerships are able to retain that status or convert their registered partnership to a No new registered partnerships may be created.[308] In their trips upriver bull sharks encounter some of the fiercest predators on earth: In Australia an 18-foot-long saltwater crocodile named Brutus was once photographed devouring a small bull shark in African waterways the sharks have run-ins with hippos The mammals generate a lot of poop which attracts small fish that bull sharks eat—so it’s not at all uncommon to see a bull shark or two creeping around a pod of hippos. Before the October 2017 election LGBT activists started a public campaign with the aim of achieving - within the next. Since 1 January 2010 - couples have been allowed to enter registered partnerships (Eingetragene Partnerschaft).[175] On 20 November 2013 the Greens introduced a bill in the Austrian Parliament that would legalise - [176] It was sent to the Judiciary Committee on 17 December 2013.[177] The bill was supposed to be debated in Autumn 2014,[178] but was delayed by the ruling coalition. No legal recognition.[376] Despite their relative independence few organizations recognize - partnerships without condition The agencies of the United Nations recognize - s if only if the country of citizenship of the employees in question recognizes the [472] In some cases these organizations do offer a limited selection of the benefits normally provided to mixed- married couples to de facto partners or domestic partners of their staff but even individuals who have entered into a mixed- civil union in their home country are not guaranteed full recognition of this union in all organizations However the World Bank does recognize domestic partners.[473] The Supreme Court has declared that it is unconstitutional to deny licenses to - couples in all states,[129] but as state constitutions were not invalidated individual injunctions must still be obtained from. One source of controversy is whether - affects freedom of religion.[531][532][533][534][535] Some religious organizations may refuse to provide employment public accommodations adoption services other benefits to - couples.[536] Some jurisdictions include religion accommodation provisions in equality laws.[537] In the United States continual polling by Gallup has shown that support for - has grown rapidly while opposition has collapsed In 1996 68% of Americans opposed - while only 27% supported In 2018 67% of Americans supported - while only 31% opposed.[78] The namesake series starring Kermit the Frog Miss Piggy created by Jim Henson debuted on American TV screens over 40 years ago the zany antics of Fozzy Bear Gonzo the Swedish Chef more haven’t left our pop culture consciousness since It’s time to play the music it’s time to light the lights it’s time for some facts about The Muppet Show! 1 THE MUPPET SHOW WASN’T THE FIRST MUPPET SHOW Jim Henson originally created the Muppets for a 1955 segment called Sam Friends a five-minute show that aired twice a day on NBC affiliate WRC-TV in Washington D.C from May 1955 to December 1961. In August 2016 a lawyer in El Salvador filed a lawsuit before the country's Supreme Court asking for the nullification of Article 11 of the Family Code which defines as a heteroual union Labeling the law as discriminatory explaining the lack of gendered terms used in Article 34 of the Constitution’s summary of a the lawsuit seeks to allow - couples the right to wed.[378] The Court dismissed the lawsuit in December 2016.[379] A second lawsuit was filed in November 2016 The 2018 Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling regarding the legalisation of - in that have ratified the American Convention on Human Rights applies to El Salvador. President Rodrigo Duterte supports the legalisation of - but feels that such a law may not pass in Congress yet as many are still influenced heavily by colonial-era Christian ideals He also supports - civil unions which has a higher possibility for passage is supported by the majority of congresspersons.[425] On 19 June 2018 the Philippine Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case seeking to legalise - in the Philippines.[426] The American Psychological Association stated in 2004: "Denial of access to to - couples may especially harm people who also experience discrimination based on age race ethnicity disability gender gender identity religion socioeconomic status so on." It has also averred that - couples who may only enter into a civil union as opposed to a "are denied equal access to all the benefits rights privileges provided by federal law to those of married couples," which has adverse effects on the well-being of - partners.[11] A study of nationwide data from across the United States from January 1999 to December 2015 revealed that the establishment of - is associated with a significant reduction in the rate of attempted suicide among children with the effect being concentrated among children of a minority ual orientation.[34][35][36][37][38]

Legal recognition of - s in South Africa came about as a result of the Constitutional Court's decision in the case of Minister of Home Affairs v Fourie The court ruled on 1 December 2005 that the existing laws violated the equality clause of the Bill of Rights because they discriminated on the basis of ual orientation The court gave Parliament one year to rectify the inequality. Gender change is not allowed. In Quebec prior to the legalization of - only unmarried people could apply for legal change of gender With the advent of - this restriction was dropped A similar provision including sterilization also existed in Sweden but was phased. In December 2012 the state of São Paulo likewise had - legalized by court order.[193] - s also became equalized in relation to opposite- ones between January 2012 April 2013 by court order in Alagoas Ceará Espírito Santo the Federal District Mato Grosso do Sul Paraíba Paraná Piauí Rondônia Santa Catarina Sergipe in Santa Rita do Sapucaí a municipality in Minas Gerais In Rio de Janeiro the State Court facilitated its realization by district judges in agreement with the equalization (instead of ordering notaries to accept - s in dem as all others).[194] On July 1 1916 a 25-year-old swimmer was bitten by a shark off the coast of New Jersey's Long Beach Isl Though a lifeguard managed to rescue him the man died of blood loss Five days later a bell captain lost both legs in a shark attack near Spring Lake He too died Farther north a boy an adult man were killed by a shark in Matawan Creek on July 12 Within 30 minutes a teenager was bitten less than a mile downstream but he survived. This South American country is the most recent to legalize - ; it did so on J It is also the third predominantly Catholic country on this list Considering the Church’s views on gay homouality in general this is rather surprising But the people who study this sort of thing have a theory: Portugal Spain Argentina were all under dictatorship until well into the second half of the 20th century The older generations which in like the USA generally tend to be against - remember what it is like to be persecuted for things you can’t control 11 Mexico OK Mexico gets an asterisk by it when it comes to gay The reason Mexico isn’t usually listed with the other ten is because since Decem gay s can be performed in the capital Mexico City — but only in. The most prominent supporters of - are human rights civil rights organizations as well as the medical scientific communities while the most prominent opponents are religious groups The ruling of the Supreme Court in Obergefell occurred following decades of consistently rising national public support for - in the United States with support continuing to rise thereafter The United States of America is the most populous country in the world to have established - nationwide. Article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights states that: "Men women of able age have the right to marry to found a family according to the national laws governing the exercise of this right",[146] not limiting to those in a heteroual relationship However the ECHR stated in Schalk Kopf v Austria that this provision was intended to limit to heteroual relationships as it used the term "men women" instead of "everyone".[141] On 12 April 2013 the upper house of the French Parliament voted to legalise - [244] On 23 April 2013 the law was approved by the National Assembly in a 331–225 vote.[245] Law -404 grants - couples living in France including foreigners provided at least one of the partners has their domicile or residence in France the legal right to get married The law also allows the recognition in France of - couples' s that occurred abroad before the bill's enactment.[246] A reference to - (by the Egyptians Canaanites) exists in the Talmud The Old Testament prohibited homoual relations (Lev 18:22 20:13) the Jewish sages provide the reason for this as being that the Hebrews were warned not to "follow the acts of the l of Egypt or the acts of the l of Canaan." The sages explicitly state: "what did [the Egyptians Canaanites] do? A man would marry a man a woman [marry]. The Great Gonzo is best known for his weird wacky stunts but he started out as a completely different Muppet altogether Henson allegedly had an unhinged character in mind simply chose the actual Gonzo puppet from a previous special called “The Great Santa Claus Switch,” where the puppet was a character called Snarl the Cigar Box Frackle When thinking how to make the new character of Gonzo distinct puppeteer Dave Hoelz suggested “He might have been forgotten about during the early meetings except that Jack Burns—who was head writer on the first season—said ‘Yeah! Yeah! Like he does these crazy acts like eating a tire to 'Flight of the Bumblebee!'" I guess that sentence inspired the writers so Gonzo ate his tire in the first episode grew from there.” Gonzo would go on to perform 20 stunts in The Muppet Show’s 120-episode run. In November 2012 the Court of Bahia equalized in the state. There are differing positions regarding the manner in which - has been introduced into democratic jurisdictions A "majority rules" position holds that - is valid or void illegal based upon whether it has been by a simple majority of voters or of their elected representatives.[509] In contrast a civil rights view holds that the institution can be validly created through the ruling of an impartial judiciary carefully examining the questioning finding that the right to marry regardless of the gender of the participants is guaranteed under the civil rights laws of the jurisdiction.[510] When neighboring Spain passed their legislation in 2008 campaigners in Portugal pushed even harder for - wanting to keep up with their neighbor most likely played a large part in Portugal legalization There are very few other obvious reasons why this largely Catholic traditional nation the idea so quickly Homouality was a crime until 1982 Single women still cannot adopt or receive any fertility treatments In 2009 support for gay was at only around 40% But when Prime Minster Jose Socrates was running for re-election in 2009 he made legalizing - part of his platform reportedly after seeing the movie Milk remembering a childhood friend who was gay His legislation passed the law went into effect. Cambodia: · 50 communes Costa Rica Israel Japan: · 7 cities Pol San Marino United Kingdom: · Cayman Isls In October 2016 the Ministry of Women Children Social Welfare constituted a committee for the purpose of preparing a draft bill to legalize - [413] On 5 June 2018 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in a case originating from Romania that - couples have the residency rights as different- couples when a national of an EU country gets married while resident in a second EU country where - is legal the spouse is from a third country the couple then wants to move to the first country.[427][428] Initially the case was filed with the Romanian Constitutional Court which later decided to consult with. In September 2016 President Bachelet stated before a United Nations General Assembly panel that the Chilean Government would submit a - bill to Congress in the first half of 2017.[357] A - bill was submitted in September 2017.[358] Parliament began discussing the bill on 27 November 2017.[359] The 2018 Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling regarding the legalisation of - in that have ratified the American Convention on Human Rights applies. The Vietnamese Government abolished an administrative fine imposed on - weddings in 2013.[461] The policy was enacted on 11 November 2013 The 100,000–500,000 VND ($24USD) fine will be abolished Although - s are not permitted in Vietnam the policy will decriminalize the relationship habitual privileges such as household registry property child raising co-habitual partnerships are recognized.[462] - is not legal in Japan Article 24 of the Japanese Constitution states that " shall be based only on the mutual consent of both es it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husb wife as a basis."[407] Article 24 was created to establish the equality of both es in in opposition to the pre-war legal situation whereby the husb/father was legally defined as the head of household require permission from the male head of the family 51% of the Japanese population supports - according to the latest poll carried. On 4 February 2014 the Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly passed legislation legalising - [333] The bill received royal assent as the Civil Partnership (Scotl) Act 2014 on 12 March 2014.[334][335] The law took effect on 16 December 2014 with the first - weddings occurring for those converting their civil partnerships into [336][337] All organisms need a specific salt-to-water ratio within their bodies This presents a challenge to aquatic life forms—when they absorb too much salt their cells get dehydrated but if they take in too much fresh water the cells get bloated some of the chemicals inside their bodies may become fatally diluted Fish have evolved a couple of tricks to cope with the problem one of which involves pee Excess salt is removed from the bloodstreams of oceangoing fish by the kidneys then flushed out during the urination process Freshwater fish do the opposite: Their pee contains very little salt their bodies retain a higher concentration of the substance. Gender change is not allowed. The ancient Law of Moses (the Torah) forbids men lying with men (intercourse) in Leviticus 18 gives a story of attempted homoual rape in Genesis in the story of Sodom Gomorrah the cities being soon destroyed after that The death penalty was prescribed In Deuteronomy 22:5 cross-dressing is condemned as being "abominable". All five attacks have historically been pinned on a single 8-foot-long great white that was captured killed on July 14 in Raritan Bay just a few miles away from the Matawan attacks Inside its stomach were human remains No subsequent shark attacks were reported in New Jersey that summer. In the United States of America before the case of Obergefell v Hodges couples in - s could only obtain a divorce in jurisdictions that recognized - s with some exceptions.[508] The Bulgarian Constitution forbids the legalisation of - stipulating that can only be between a man a woman In late 2017 a Bulgarian - couple who married in the United Kingdom filed a lawsuit in order to have their recognised.[349] The Sofia Administrative Court ruled against them in January 2018.[350] In February 2007 a series of rulings by the Constitutional Court meant that - couples could apply for all the rights that heteroual couples have in de facto unions (uniones de hecho).[203][204] On 26 July 2011 the Constitutional Court of Colombia ordered the Congress to pass the legislation giving - couples similar rights to by 20 June 2013 If such a law were not passed by then - couples would be granted these rights automatically.[205][206] The terms of employment of the staff of international organizations (not commercial) in most cases are not governed by the laws of the country where their offices are located Agreements with the host country safeguard these organizations' impartiality. The law took effect on 1 March 2017.[241] It was the first time a citizens' initiative had been approved by the Finnish Parliament.[232] Since 2005 - couples have been allowed to enter into civil partnerships a separate union providing the legal consequences of In 2006 the High Court rejected a legal bid by a British lesbian couple who had married in Canada to have their union recognised as a in the UK rather than a civil partnership. Europe Main article: LGBT rights in Europe List of or territories by LGBT rights in Europe On 12 March 2015 the European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution encouraging EU institutions member states to "[reflect] on the recognition of - or - civil union as a political social human civil rights issue."[147][148][149] In the United States transgender inter s typically run into similar complications.[citation needed] As definitions enforcement of are defined by the states these complications vary from state to state,[507] as some of them prohibit legal changes of gender.[citation needed] Opponents of - who want to be restricted to heterouals such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Catholic Church the Southern Baptist Convention use the term traditional to mean opposite- [55][56][57] In the 2018 Costa Rican general election the IACHR ruling on - became a prominent issue Carlos Alvarado Quesada who supports LGBT rights favors the implementation of the ruling won the election with 60.7% of the vote defeating Fabricio Alvarado a vocal opponent of LGBT rights who was against the implementation of the ruling. In 2016 a man filed a challenge against Georgia's - ban arguing that while the Civil Code of Georgia states that is explicitly between a man a woman; the Constitution does not reference gender in its section on [382] In September 2017 the Georgian Parliament approved a constitutional amendment establishing as "a union between a woman a man for the purpose of creating a family."[383] President Giorgi Margvelashvili vetoed the constitutional amendment on 9 October Parliament overrode his veto on 13 October.[384] After a motion lodged by Costa Rica the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a lmark advisory ruling in favour of - on 9 January 2018 which is expected to facilitate legalisation in several in the Americas.[nb 7][3] In December 2016 a South Korean appeals court upheld the district court ruling The couple vowed to bring the case to the Supreme Court of South Korea.[433] A 2017 poll found that 41% of South Koreans supported - while 52% were opposed.[434] Support is significantly higher among younger people however with a 2014 opinion poll showing that 60% of South Koreans in their 20s supported - approximately double. Most early local TV episodes like Sam Friends were broadcast live recording them would involve using a kinescope (a specialized camera that recorded a show directly from a black white monitor as it aired live) Some existing episodes were recorded because Henson wanted to try new puppetry techniques or review a specific performance The Muppets eventually made regular appearances on Today beginning in 1961 would also appear on late-night shows like The Ed Sullivan Show The Dick Cavett Show variety series like The Jimmy Dean Show as well as on Se Street. - in Sweden has been legal since 1 May 2009 following the adoption of a new gender-neutral law on by the Swedish Parliament on 1 April 2009 making Sweden the seventh country in the world to open to - couples nationwide replaced Sweden's registered partnerships for - couples Existing registered partnerships between - couples remained in force with an option to convert them into s.[318][319] - s have been performed by the Church of Sweden. In the referendum 63.4% of the voters voted against the law rendering Parliament's - act invalid.[430] Out of 120 total hosts of The Muppet Show no celebrity was allowed to host more than once during the show’s initial six-year run (Although John Denver appeared both on the show in two specials John Denver the Muppets: A Christmas Together John Denver & the Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday.) Rita Moreno hosted the first episode ( would win an Emmy Award for her appearance) while some celebrities were allowed to be co-hosts Singers Kris Kristofferson Rita Coolidge co-hosted in 1978 singers Roy Rogers Dale Evans co-hosted. On 7 April 2016 the Court ruled that doesn't exclusively apply to opposite- couples.[216][217][218][219] On 28 April 2016 the Constitutional Court rules that - couples are allowed to enter into civil s in the country that judges notaries are barred from refusing to perform - weddings.[220][221][222] They are also available in parts of the United States (California Hawaii Illinois New Jersey Nevada Oregon).[481][482] This article originally appeared in May 2012 On Tuesday North Carolina voted to amend their constitution making gay illegal In response on Wednesday President Obama came out in support of - It will probably be a long time before anything is decided here But eleven other have already legalized gay Here are their stories 1 The Netherls In 1996 15 years after gay activists brought the issue to the forefront in the early 1980s the Dutch Parliament created a special commission to look into what effect if any making gay legal would have on the country Four years later legislation was passed making - s legal starting April 1 2001 Four couples six men two women were married at midnight on that date by the Mayor of Amsterdam The women wore classic wedding dresses with long trains two of the male couples wore suits the third wore leather. Most fish have no control over how much salt gets removed by their kidneys which is one reason why many species can only survive in either fresh or salt water But bull sharks can actually regulate the amount of salt that goes into their pee which means they can live in both environments When they swim in the ocean their urine is highly saline as they venture into fresh water the kidneys work hard to retain salt—thus producing watery diluted urine (Bull sharks also use their rectal gls livers to maintain the proper balance between. Prior to the legalization of - the Civil Partnership Certain Rights Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 allowed couples to enter civil partnerships The Act came into force on 1 January 2011 gave - couples rights responsibilities similar to but not equal to those. But in the sixth episode of the first season which aired on Septem Kermit reveals the name of the structure as the “Benny Vergast Memorial Theatre.” “We owe everything to Benny,” Kermit says “including three months back rent!” This is the only time that the theater isn’t referred to simply as “The Muppet Theatre." The main right-wing opposition party UMP challenged the law in the Constitutional Council which had one month to rule on whether the law conformed to the Constitution The Constitutional Council had previously ruled that the issue of - was one for the Parliament to decide there was only little hope for UMP to overturn the Parliament's vote.[247] On 17 May 2013 the Constitutional Council declared the bill legal in its entire redaction President François Holle signed it into law on. In 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council passed its first resolution recognizing LGBT rights which was followed up with a report from the UN Human Rights Commission documenting violations of the rights of LGBT people including hate crime criminalization of homouality discrimination Following up on the report the UN Human Rights Commission urged all which had not yet done so to enact laws protecting basic LGBT rights.[2][3] In 2010 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in Schalk Kopf v Austria a case involving an Austrian - couple who were denied the right to marry.[141] The court found by a vote of 4 to 3 that their human rights had not been violated.[142] Brazil's Supreme Court ruled in May 2011 that - couples are legally entitled to legal recognition of cohabitation (known as união estável one of the two possible family entities in Brazilian legislation It included almost all of the rights available to married couples in Brazil.[189] Between mid-2011 May 2013 - couples had their cohabitation issues converted into s in several Brazil states with the approval of a state judge All legal Brazilian s were always recognized all over Brazil.[190] In October 2016 Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines Pantaleon Alvarez announced he will file a civil union bill in Congress.[423] The bill was introduced to Congress in October of the following year under the wing of the House Speaker three other congresspersons including Geraldine Roman the country's first duly-elected transgender lawmaker.[424] In 2013 gay activist Pamela Troya filed a lawsuit to strike down Ecuador's - ban legalise - in the country The lawsuit remains pending.[376] The 2018 Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling regarding the legalisation of - in that have ratified the American Convention on Human Rights applies to Ecuador In May 2018 the Ecuador Supreme Court ruled in a lesbian parenting case that the IACHR ruling is fully binding on Ecuador that the country must also implement the ruling in due course.[377] In Icel not a single member of Parliament voted no on the country’s - legislation That might have had something to do with the fact that the most powerful person in the country would be affected by the outcome Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir had her registered partnership changed to a on J the day the legislation went into effect. Unknown if gender change. In 1937 two fishermen captured a 5-foot bull shark more than a thous miles up the Mississippi River—as far north as this species is known to travel up that river Given their high tolerance for fresh water it’s no wonder that bull sharks do well in river systems One specimen was found swimming in the Amazon River about 2485 miles away from the ocean; they also frequent Africa’s Zambezi River the Ganges River in. On 10 December 2014 a group of senators from various parties joined LGBT rights group MOVILH (Homoual Movement of Integration Liberation) in presenting a bill to allow - adoption to Congress MOVILH has been in talks with the Chilean Government to seek an amiable solution to the pending lawsuit brought against the state before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights MOVILH has suggested that they would drop the case if Bachelet's Congress keeps their promise to legislate - [354] Hosts were originally supposed to be given a Muppet version of themselves at the end of their appearance on the show but the would-be tradition only lasted for the first two episodes Only actress singer Connie Stevens Juliet Prowse were given their Muppet counterparts The gifts were scrapped due to the unique Muppets being too expensive to create. On 5 June 2018 the European Court of Justice ruled in a case from Romania that under the specific conditions of the couple in question married - couples have the residency rights as other married couples in an EU country even if that country does not permit or recognize - [150][151] British Judge Sir Nicolas Bratza then head of the European Court of Human Rights delivered a speech in 2012 that signaled the court was ready to declare - a "human right" as soon as enough fell. In November 2015 the National LGBT Taskforce of Israel petitioned the Supreme Court of Israel to allow - in the country arguing that the refusal of the rabbinical court to recognise - should not prevent civil courts from performing - s.[389] The court hed down a ruling on 31 August 2017 determining the issue was the responsibility of the Knesset not the judiciary.[390] Registered partnerships have been legal in. The Northern Irel Executive has stated that it does not intend to introduce legislation allowing for - in Northern Irel - s from other jurisdictions are treated as civil partnerships.[338] All types of shark-on-human attacks are ultra-rare—you’re more likely to get struck by lightning But the three shark species that are most commonly implicated in attacks on people are in order the great white shark the tiger shark the bull shark Bull sharks have been involved in at least 100 documented cases there's an explanation for that: They frequent shallow coastal waters in tropical regions often stray into brackish fresh water—all places where humans can be found In areas where the sharks can’t see very well they may mistake humans for other meatier prey. On 24 May 2017 the Constitutional Court ruled that - couples have the right to marry gave the Taiwanese Government two years to amend the law to that effect If the law is not amended after two years - couples will be able to register a valid application in Taiwan.[1] Ten years later Senator Hannie van Leeuwen who had fought hard against legalization said “At the time I opposed - I was led by fear Having seen so many happy gay lesbian couples getting married I realize I was wrong." 2 Belgium One year after the Netherls’ first weddings a bill was put forward for similar legislation in the Belgian Senate At the time - couples in the country had some rights thanks to a 1998 law allowing registered cohabitation On June 1 2003 the first legal gay s were performed One of those first couples was Alain De Jonge Olivier Pierret At their reception Olivier’s stoic 74-year-old father gave an unplanned speech saying “You’ve envisaged built your life along a different emotional track from that of your parents That's your right above all your choice I respect accept it with sincerity joy.” Michelle Bachelet the President of Chile who was elected to a second term in March 2014 has promised to work for the implementation of - has a majority in both houses of Congress Previously she said " equality I believe we have to make it happen."[351] Polling shows majority support for - among Chileans.[352] A poll carried out during September 2015 by the pollster Cadem Plaza Pública found that 60% of Chileans supported - whilst 36% were against it.[353] E E Evans-Pritchard recorded that in the past male Aze warriors in the northern Congo routinely took on young male lovers between the ages of twelve twenty who helped with household tasks participated in intercrural with their older husbs The practice had died out by the early 20th century after Europeans had gained control of African but was recounted to Evans-Pritchard by the elders to whom. - is not explicitly prohibited under Indian law at least one couple has had their recognised by the courts.[385] In April 2014 Medha Patkar of the Aam Aadmi Party stated that her party supports the legalisation of - [386] As of 2017 a draft of a Uniform Civil Code that would legalise - has been proposed.[387] By the time Parliament legalized gay on J almost all of Canada’s provinces territories had already legalized it themselves But Canada’s legalization process has not been without its problems After passing the legislation Canada issued more than 15,000 licenses to foreign - couples who lived in the country or traveled there to get married What these couples were not told was that the law said their was only valid in Canada if - unions were legal in their home country although they were issued Canadian licenses regardless of where they were from In January of this year an Anglo-American couple who got married there tried to get divorced in Canada only to be told by the judge that their had never existed After that more than 5,000 such couples found out they had never really been married in the eyes of. "the way the show was taped we would block tape which means that each piece of material would take anywhere from half an hour to several hours to tape so it's a long slow process,” Henson explained in an interview “You can't really work in front of an audience that way I mean when we had Raquel Welch in the studio we had a good 150 guys from neighboring studios but it wasn't an official audience." 17 THERE WAS A LAUGH TRACK BUT HENSON HATED IT To stay with the live act premise of the show a laugh track was included early on Henson was reluctant but ultimately decided to. Category:lgbt culture The Court issued its ruling in response to a motion brought by Costa Rica in 2016 The Costa Rican Government asked the Court to give its opinion on whether it had an obligation to extend property rights to - couples the Court ruled that it did The Costa Rican Government also wanted to know whether it should allow transgender people to change their name gender on their identity documents Again the Court ruled that. A Muppet pilot special The Muppet Show: Violence aired on ABC in 1975 was supposed to be a parody of the proliferation of violence on TV The opening of the show featured guest Jaye P Morgan looking toward the camera saying “This is not gonna be just another cute puppet show,” with the episode following the adventures of characters like Sam the Eagle Dr Teeth The Electric Mayhem bassist Floyd Pepper putting on a pageant based on the seven deadly sins. Gender change is not allowed.[165] Anthropologists Stephen Murray Will Roscoe reported that women in Lesotho engaged in socially sanctioned "long term erotic relationships" called motsoalle.[42] When the distinction between - unions that are not termed s in relation to - is made the difference in the numbers of approval disapproval is still insignificant below 1%; the most frequent reason for disapproval is a supposed 'unnaturalness' of - relationships followed by religious beliefs.[201][202] Prime Minister rej Babiš supports the legalisation of - [373] A bill to legalise - was introduced to the Czech Parliament in June 2018.[374] Recent opinion polls have shown that the bill is quite popular in the Czech Republic; a 2018 poll found that 75% of Czechs favoured legalising - [375] In Taiwan on 24 May 2017 the Constitutional Court ruled that - couples have the right to marry under the Taiwanese Constitution that the Legislative Yuan has two years to amend the laws to align with the Constitution If this is not done - couples may have their unions registered as s be treated as such. No one has been able to keep a great white in captivity for much longer than six months Bull sharks however can live in captivity for 25 years or more In North America you can see them at the Oklahoma Aquarium which houses 10 bull sharks in a nearly 500,000-gallon tank. Muppets began appearing in sketches on Saturday Night Live’s debut season in 1975 most notably a recurring skit called “The L of Gorch” which dealt with decidedly adult topics like alcohol abuse adultery drugs Only hired SNL writers not Henson employees were allowed to write the sketches while puppeteers like Henson Jerry Nelson Frank Oz performed them each week Of his experiences on SNL Oz later said “I think we didn't really belong on Saturday Night Live I think our very explosive more cartoony comedy didn't jive with the kind of Second City casual laid-back comedy so the writers had a lot of trouble writing. On 28 January 2015 the National Congress approved a bill recognizing civil unions for - opposite- couples offering some of the rights of Bachelet signed the bill on 14 April it came into effect on 22 October.[355][356] Most people know the distinctive four-syllable tune from a sketch that aired during The Muppet Show’s 1976 premiere but the song came from a 1968 Italian soft-core movie called Sweden: Heaven Hell Se Street producer Joan Ganz Cooney allegedly heard the track on the radio asked Henson Oz to perform it with the Muppets on the show in 1969 before the pair rehashed the music number for The Muppet Show. On 17 May 2016 the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto signed an initiative to change the country's Constitution which would have legalized - throughout Mexico.[293] On 9 November 2016 the Committee on Constitutional Issues of the Chamber of Deputies rejected the initiative 19. Professional organizations of psychologists have concluded that children st to benefit from the well-being that results when their parents' relationship is recognized supported by society's institutions e.g civil For example the Canadian Psychological Association stated in 2006 that "parents' financial psychological physical well-being is enhanced by that children benefit from being raised by two parents within a legally-recognized union."[14] The CPA stated in 2003 the stressors encountered by gay lesbian parents their children are more likely the result of the way society treats them than because of any deficiencies in fitness to parent.[14] On 25 February 2016 the Italian Senate passed a bill allowing civil unions with 173 senators in favour 73 against That bill was approved by the Chamber of Deputies on 11 May 2016 with 372 deputies in favour 51 against.[405] The President of Italy signed the bill into law on 22 May 2016 the law went into effect on 5 June 2016 On 31 January 2017 the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation ruled that - s performed abroad can be fully recognized by court order when at least one of the two spouses is a citizen of a European Union country where -. (Anti-Discrimination law proposed).[179] In September 2011 the Coalition Government announced its intention to introduce - civil in Engl Wales by the May 2015 general election.[321] However unlike the Scottish Government's consultation the UK Government's consultation for Engl Wales did not include provision for religious ceremonies In May 2012 three religious groups (Quakers Liberal Judaism Unitarians) sent a letter to David Cameron asking that they be allowed to solemnise - weddings.[322] With 100 lashes of the whip or a maximum of one year of imprisonment married men with death by stoning Women punished up to three years of imprisonment; where the offense has been committed under duress the punishment is up to seven years detention.[1] Scientific literature indicates that parents' financial psychological physical well-being is enhanced by that children benefit from being raised by two parents within a legally recognized union (either a mixed- or - union) As a result professional scientific associations have argued for - to be legally recognized as it will be beneficial to the children of - parents or carers.[13][14][15][490][491] In October 2014 the Estonian Parliament approved a civil union law open to both opposite- - couples.[380] In December 2016 the Tallinn Circuit Court ruled that - s concluded in another country must be recognised as such in Estonia.[381] With several revising their laws to recognize - couples in the 21st century all major English dictionaries have revised their definition of the word to either drop gender specifications or supplement them with secondary definitions to include gender-neutral language or explicit recognition of - unions.[52][53] The Oxford English Dictionary has recognized -. Portugal created de facto unions similar to common-law for cohabiting opposite- partners in 1999 extended these unions to - couples in 2001 However the 2001 extension did not allow for - adoption either jointly or of stepchildren.[309] On 11 February 2010 Parliament approved a bill legalizing - The Portuguese President promulgated the law on 8 April 2010 the law was effective on 5 June 2010 making Portugal the eighth country to legalize nationwide - ; however adoption was still denied for - couples.[310] In Nigeria homoual activity between men but not between women is illegal In 2006 Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo introduced legislation that prohibits - s criminalizes anyone who "performs witnesses aids or abets" such ceremonies.[484] Among the Igbo people probably other peoples in the south of the country there are circumstances where a between women is considered appropriate such as when a woman has no child her husb dies she takes a wife to perpetuate her inheritance family lineage.[485] Note: territories in which - laws have been repealed are not included on the table 2001 Netherls (1 April). Following the decision of the U.S Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v Hodges in June 2015 a county clerk in Kentucky Kim Davis who objects to - on religious grounds was named as defendant in six lawsuits after refusing to issue licenses to opposite- - couples Some prominent Americans including politician Ted Cruz expressed support. On June 8 1901 Elisa Sanchez Loriga dressed as a man using a male alias married her girlfriend Marcela Gracia Ibeas Once the truth was discovered ( published in two newspapers) the women lost their jobs were excommunicated had to flee the country in order to escape arrest Despite all this their was never annulled making theirs the first recorded gay in Spain’s history On J the lower house of the Spanish Parliament overrode the Senate’s rejection made - legal The bill was heavily opposed by the Catholic Church but despite 80% of Spaniards identifying as Catholics polls showed 62% of the population was in favor of the legislation. On 21 February 2017 Minister for Social Dialogue Consumer Affairs Civil Liberties Helena Dalli said that she was preparing a bill to legalise - [264] The bill was presented to Parliament on 5 July 2017.[265] The bill's last reading took place in Parliament on 12 July 2017 where it was approved 66-1 It was signed into law published in the Government Gazette on 1 August 2017.[266] Malta became the 14th country in Europe to legalise - [267][268] On 7 June 2012 the Folketing (Danish Parliament) approved new laws regarding - civil religious These laws permit - couples to get married in the Church of Denmark The bills received royal assent on 12 June took effect on 15 June 2012.[223] Denmark was previously the first country in the world to legally recognize - couples through registered partnerships. Armenia has historically had few protections or recognition in law of - couples This changed in July 2017 when the Ministry of Justice revealed that all s performed abroad are valid in Armenia including s between people of the [348] That made Armenia the second country of the former Soviet Union after Estonia to recognise - s performed abroad. In 2009 a pair of economists at Emory University tied the passage of state bans on - in the United States to an increase in the rates of HIV infection.[70][71] The study linked the passage of a - ban in a state to an increase in the annual HIV rate within that state of roughly 4 cases per 100,000 population.[72] The Court said that governments "must recognise guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the " They also said that it was inadmissible discriminatory for a separate legal provision to be established (such as civil unions) instead of - s The Court demed that governments "guarantee access to all existing forms of domestic legal systems including the right to in order to ensure the protection of all the rights of families formed by - couples without discrimination" Recognising the difficulty in passing such laws in where there is strong opposition to - it recommended that governments pass temporary decrees until new legislation is brought in.[152] A 1974 ABC pilot special was a bit more tame Titled The Muppets Valentine Show it features special guest star Mia Farrow helping a character named Wally (in his first last appearance) with his writer’s block for sketches on the show about the true meaning of love 6 THE MUPPETS ARE BRITISH Both pilots failed to garner enough support for ABC or any other American networks to pick up The Muppet Show as a regular series in 1976 so Henson looked across the pond British network Associated TeleVision (ATV) decided to pick up the series gave Henson a deal to produce each episode at their studios in Elstree Engl broadcast them on ITV stations across. On 5 January 2016 a court in Changsha southern Hunan Province agreed to hear the lawsuit of 26-year-old Sun Wenlin filed in December 2015 against the Bureau of Civil Affairs of Furong District for its June 2015 refusal to let him marry his 36-year-old male partner Hu Mingliang On 13 April 2016 with hundreds of - supporters outside the Changsha court ruled against Sun who vowed to appeal citing the importance of his case for LGBT progress. On 11 February 2014 the Congress of Coahuila approved adoptions by - couples A bill legalizing - s passed on 1 September 2014 making Coahuila the first state ( second jurisdiction after Mexico City) to reform its Civil Code to allow for legal - s.[274] It took effect on 17 September the first couple married on 20 September.[275] On 27 May 2014 the National Assembly's Committee for Social Affairs removed the provision giving legal status some rights to cohabiting - couples from the Government's bill to amend the Law on Family.[467][468] The bill was approved by the National Assembly on 19 June 2014.[469][470] On 1 January 2015 the 2014 Law on Family officially went into effect It states that while Vietnam allows - weddings it will not offer legal recognition or protection to unions between people. Opinion polls have shown that Israelis overwhelmingly support recognizing - unions A 2017 opinion poll showed that 79% of the Israeli public were in favor of legalizing - unions ( or civil unions).[391] A 2018 poll showed that 58% of Israelis were in. The American Anthropological Association stated on 26 February 2004:[18] The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households kinship relationships families across cultures through time provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon as an exclusively heteroual institution Rather anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types including families built upon - partnerships can contribute to stable humane societies. On 14 May 2013 the Justice's National Council of Brazil issued a ruling requiring all civil registers of the country to perform - s by a 14–1 vote thus legalizing - in the entire country.[195][196][197] The resolution came into effect on 16 May 2013.[198][199] In March 2013 polls suggested that 47% of Brazilians supported equalization 57% supported adoption equalization for - couples.[200] On 27 May 2016 the Constitutional Court of Latvia overturned an administrative court decision which refused an application to register a - in the country A Supreme Court press spokeswoman said that the court agrees with the administrative court that current regulations do not allow for - s to be legally performed in Latvia However the matter should have been considered in a context not of but of registering familial partnership Furthermore it would have been impossible to conclude whether the applicants' rights were violated or not unless their claim is reviewed in a proper manner.[409] The Supreme Court will now decide whether the refusal was in breach of the Latvian Constitution the European Convention on Human Rights. Various detailed polls studies on - that were conducted in several show that support for - generally increases with higher levels of education is stronger among younger generations.[79][80][81][82][10] Associated Press style recommends the usages for gays lesbians or in space-limited headlines gay with no hyphen no scare quotes The Associated Press warns that the construct gay can imply that the s of - couples are somehow different from the s of opposite- couples.[46][47] On 10 February 2016 the Constitutional Court of Costa Rica announced it would hear a case seeking to legalize - in Costa Rica declare the country's - ban unconstitutional.[366] On 19 March 2015 a bill to legalize - was introduced to the Legislative Assembly by Deputy Ligia Elena Fallas Rodríguez from the Broad Front.[362] On 10 December 2015 the organization Front for Equal Rights (Frente Por los Derechos Igualitarios) a group of deputies presented another bill.[363][364][365] On 26 May 2015 Greenl one of Denmark's two other constituent in the Realm of Denmark unanimously passed a law legalising - [226][227] The first - couple to marry in Greenl married on 1 April 2016 the day the law went into effect.[228] In a ruling published on 9 January 2017 the 7th Constitutional Court of Lima ordered the RENIEC to recognize register the of a - couple who had previously wed in Mexico City.[418][419] RENIEC later appealed the ruling.[420] On 14 February 2017 a bill legalizing - was introduced in the Peruvian Congress.[421] On 12 June 2015 the Governor of Chihuahua announced that his administration would no longer oppose - s in the state The order was effective immediately thus making Chihuahua the third state to legalize such unions.[276][277] The Parliament approved a bill to legalise - on 18 June 2014.[259] The law was published in the official gazette on 17 July took effect on 1 January 2015.[260][261][262] On 15 May 2015 Luxembourg became the first country in the European Union to have a prime minister who is in a - the second one in Europe Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married Gauthier Destenay with whom he had been in a civil partnership. Lgbt individuals may adopt (Joint step-child adoption pending).[236] The Netherls was the first country to extend laws to include - couples following the recommendation of a special commission appointed to investigate the issue in 1995 A - bill passed the House of Representatives the Senate in 2000 taking effect on. The Law of the People's Republic of China explicitly defines as the union between one man one woman No other form of civil union is recognized The attitude of the Chinese Government towards homouality is believed to be "three nos": "No approval; no disapproval; no promotion." The Ministry of Health officially removed homouality from its list of mental illnesses. Laws affecting lesbian gay biual transgender (LGBT) people vary greatly by country or territory; everything from the legal recognition of - to the death penalty as punishment for - romantic/ual activity or identity Laws that affect LGBT people include but are not limited to the following: Gender change is. A January 2013 Datamonitor poll found that 54.1% of respondents were in favour of - [401] A May 2013 Ipsos poll found that 42% of Italians supported allowing - couples to marry adopt children.[402] An October 2014 Demos poll found that 55% of respondents were in favour of - with 42% against.[403] A Pew Research Center survey showed that 59% of Italians were in favour of legalising - [404] In Papua New Guinea - relationships were an integral part of the culture of certain tribes until the middle of the last century The Etoro Marind-anim for example even viewed heterouality as wasteful celebrated homouality instead They believed that in sharing semen they are sharing their life force yet women simply wasted this force any time they didn't get pregnant after In many traditional Melanesian cultures a prepubertal boy would be paired with an older adolescent who would become his mentor who would "inseminate" him (orally anally or topically depending on the tribe) over a number of years in order for the younger to also reach puberty.[43] Transgender persons can change their legal name Judicial permission required. In March 2015 the Swiss Federal Council released a governmental report about new rights for families It opens the possibility to introduce registered partnerships for different- couples as well as - for - couples.[443] Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga in charge of the Federal Department of Justice Police also stated she hoped personally that - couples would soon be allowed. - s civil unions are currently not recognized by the state the illegal insurgent Communist Party of the Philippines performs - s in territories under its control. On 21 December 2009 the Federal District's Legislative Assembly legalized - s adoption by - couples The law was enacted eight days later became effective in early March 2010.[269] On 10 August 2010 the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that while not every state must grant - s they must all recognize those performed where they. Child emperor Elagabalus referred to his chariot driver a blond slave from Caria named Hierocles as his husb.[123] He also married an athlete named Zoticus in a lavish public ceremony in Rome amidst the rejoicings of the citizens.[124][125][126] A poll carried out between August October 2015 found that 71% of the Taiwanese population supported - [452] Tsai Ing-wen the President of Taiwan since May 2016 announced her support of - in November 2015.[453] In October 2016 two new - bills were introduced to the Legislative Yuan Subsequently protests have been staged by groups opposing by groups supporting legalization.[454][455] Scientists used to think that the large-bodied sharks that periodically attack locals in Lake Nicaragua—the biggest lake in Central America—represented their own distinct species A popular hypothesis claimed that Lake Nicaragua must have started out as a bay in the Pacific Ocean that closed up as time went by trapping some sharks inside that evolved into a br new species—the so-called “Lake Nicaragua shark,” which ichthyologists called Carcharhinus nicaraguensis. The Florence Court for Minors has recognised a foreign joint adoption by a gay couple[502] In December 2017 the Constitutional Court of Austria ruled in a discrimination case that - will become legal in that nation on 1 January 2019 if Parliament does not legalize it before. Once The Muppet Show garnered a strong fan base the show was sold to the U.S other networks across the world in syndication deals 7 BRITISH AUDIENCES GOT MORE MUPPETS Broadcasting methods in the UK caused shorter commercial breaks which forced Henson company to film an extra two minutes for each UK episode Each extra sketch was normally positioned after a middle break regularly featured musical numbers or other basic setups without the participation of that week’s. In the Dutch Caribbean special municipalities of Bonaire Sint Eustatius Saba is open to - couples A law enabling - couples to marry in these municipalities passed came into effect on 10 October 2012.[296] The Caribbean Aruba Curaçao Sint Maarten forming the remainder of the Kingdom of the Netherls do not perform - s but must recognize those performed in the Netherls proper. As the Supreme Court was deliberating on the two cases the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled on 9 January 2018 that signatory to the American Convention on Human Rights must legalise - On 16 January the Panamanian Government welcomed the decision Vice President Isabel Saint Malo speaking on behalf of the Government announced that the country would fully abide by the ruling Official notices requiring compliance with the ruling were sent out to various governmental departments. But the situation might not be so clear-cut: The two Matawan Creek incidents occurred 11 miles from the ocean great whites don't travel to shallow inl waters Bulls are also more abundant off the Jersey shore than great white sharks are That leads some experts including explorer Fabien Cousteau to conclude that a bull shark was the real culprit Shark attack expert George Burgess still thinks the evidence points to the great white with a bellyful of body parts It’s also possible that more than one shark committed the 1916 attacks. The Mary Washington Colonial Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) gave The Muppet Show their Television Award of Merit in 1978 It was the first non-historical series to be honored with the award (Captain Kangaroo Mister Rogers Neighborhood would win in subsequent years) According to the DAR website they are “dedicated to promoting patriotism preserving American history securing America's future through better education for children,” which begs the question: Would George Washington like Kermit? 16 DON’T LET THE THEATER SETTING FOOL YOU Despite the vaudeville shtick the show was not filmed in front of a full live studio audience. In October 2012 Senator Armo Benedetti introduced a bill legalizing - It initially only allowed for civil unions but he amended the text.[207] The Senate's First Committee approved the bill on 4 December 2012.[208][209] On 24 April 2013 the bill was defeated in the full Senate on a 51–17 vote.[210] In 342 AD Christian emperors Constantius II Constans issued a law in the Theodosian Code (C Th 9.7.3) prohibiting - in Rome ordering execution for those so married.[133] In Vietnam currently only a between a man a woman is recognized Vietnam's Ministry of Justice began seeking advice on legalizing - from other governmental non-governmental organizations in April May 2012 planned to further discuss the issue at the National Assembly in Spring 2013.[458] However in February 2013 the Ministry of Justice requested that the National Assembly avoid action until 2014.[459] At a hearing to discuss law reforms in April 2013 deputy minister of health Nguyen Viet Tien proposed that - be made legal immediately.[460] Unknown if gender change. Henson modeled part of the whip-smart sketch framework on the show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In a comedy variety series that aired from 1967 to 1973 Henson his Muppet Show collaborators even poached a regular Laugh-In sketch called “The Cocktail Party,” for their show called "At the Dance." In both different colorful characters met at a party to exchange one-liners "At the time we were competing with cartoons so we kept everything very short varied like Laugh-In,” Se Street executive producer Henson colleague Lewis Bernstein said “which was the best show on. Belgium became the second country in the world to legally recognize - s when a bill passed by the Belgian Federal Parliament took effect on 1 June 2003.[187] Originally Belgium allowed the s of foreign - couples only if their country of origin also allowed these unions however legislation enacted in October 2004 permits any couple to marry if at least one of the spouses has lived in the country for a minimum of three months A 2006 statute legalized adoption by - spouses.[188] Since bull sharks lack eye-catching markings or facial features it can be difficult to identify them This is why some experts wonder if bull sharks might have been responsible for certain attacks that were blamed on great whites Ganges river sharks (Glyphis gangeticus) or other species. Gender change is not allowed.[173] But Lake Nicaragua isn't cut off from the ocean at all scientists eventually determined that “Lake Nicaragua Sharks” are really just bull sharks that were entering the Rio San Juan from the Caribbean making their way to the lake [PDF]. In the US gay is legal in Washington D.C but if a gay couple moves to Texas their would not be recognized In Mexico any couple can get married in the capital that is legal throughout the country Individual states can now decide if they want to perform their own - s Quintana Roo where holiday beach wedding hot spot Cancun is located is currently working on its own legislation. Writing in Harvard Magazine in 2013 legal historian Michael Klarman wrote that while there was a growth of gay rights activism in the 1970s United States " equality was not then a priority." He argued that many gay people were not initially interested in deeming it to be a traditionalist institution that the search for legal recognition of - relationships began in the late 1980s.[134] Others such as Faramerz Dabhoiwala writing for The Guardian say that the modern movement began in. In 2006 Israel's High Court of Justice ruled to recognize foreign - s for the limited purpose of registration with the Administration of Border Crossings Population Immigration; however this is merely for statistical purposes grants no state-level rights Israel does not recognize civil s performed under its own jurisdiction A bill was raised in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) to rescind the High Court's ruling but the Knesset did not advance the bill A bill to legalize - interfaith civil s was defeated in the Knesset 39–11 on. “My act the Muppets are both sophisticated adult but children love them too because we give children a chance to use their imaginations,” Bergen said of his experience on The Muppet Show “They complete the illusion that our characters start." Male bull sharks become ually active at 14 or 15 but females don’t start reproducing until they're 18 Female bull sharks of reproductive age have scars behind their skulls: A male bites his partner to hang on during coitus (a behavior that appears to be common) then uses one of his claspers—a pair of fin extensions located under the pelvic area—to insert sperm into her cloaca Following a 10- to 11-month gestation period the female will give birth to a litter of pups Newborns typically range between 22 32 inches long. 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