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Landmark U.S. gay marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

Landmark U.S. gay marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause. In the Philippines, in India, in Australia and elsewhere, gay rights advocates think the U.S. ruling may help change attitudes, just as American activists — and judges, educators and legislators — had earlier been influenced by the easy acceptance of same-sex marriage in some European countries, where the laws were changed smoothly without much fuss. In today's wired world, political movements cross national boundaries in the blink of an eye, and the trend...

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