the gay rights movement in the united states began in the 1920s and saw huge progress in the 2000s, with laws prohibiting homosexual activity struck down and a supreme court ruling legalizing same. On , the government of the united kingdom launched the consultation on equal civil marriage in england and wales. The government proposals were to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage i. , only civil ceremonies in a register office or approved premises (like a hotel) to make no changes to religious marriages. Same-sex marriage is legally performed and recognized (nationwide or in some parts) in the following countries argentina, australia, austria, belgium, brazil, canada, colombia, costa rica, denmark, ecuador, finland, france, germany, greenland, iceland, ireland, luxembourg, malta, mexico, the netherlands, new zealand, norway, portugal, south africa, spain, sweden, taiwan, the united kingdom, the united states, and uruguay. A gay-marriage advocate in boston explained to a radio reporter that marriage is a civil matter, not a church affair. Those who want church weddings can have them, but marriage is a matter of civil law. And since it is unconstitutional to deny equal civil rights to citizens, it is unconstitutional to deny to homosexual couples the right to marry. While some states legally allow for civil union, gay marriage or domestic partnerships, the rights conferred through the legal recognition of those relationships, varies greatly form state to state. In fact, couples that receive legal recognition of their relationship in one state, lose that if they move to state with no legal recognition. Olesen, scotus saw few gay rights-related cases for the next few decades, but a couple of cases are worth noting. The gay rights movement is a social effort to bolster the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered couples. The groups that comprise the gay rights movement share the uniform goals of social acceptance regarding marriage rights for gender and sexual minorities. Legalizing gay marriage is the right thing to do and it is time. Us seventh circuit court of appeals judge richard posner, in overturning same-sex marriage bans in wisconsin and indiana in sep. 2014, wrote that the bans discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic. As well as discrimination based on sexual orientation, gay marriage bans discriminate based. Civil rights pertain to the fact of having a particular right (to marry, work, have recourse to the law, etc) but do not deal with the content of such arrangements. Because any person has the right to enter into the married state, the right to gay marriage is not a civil rights violation. Indeed, international human rights law recognises that to maintain a traditional view of marriage, as a definitional construct, does not detract from the equality of same-sex persons, including in.