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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has entered its seventh decade in proclaiming the universal aspiration for equality, human dignity and the rights that derive from them. If equality and human dignity are indeed universal values crossing race, sex or every other divide, it can even be assumed that the disagreeing parties are arguing in good faith. In 1948, the post-war United Nations endorsed the UDHR which purportedly contains the universal justifications of human rights. The legalization of same-sex marriage bears witness to the step-by-step successes achieved by the campaigns of equal rights for gays and lesbians over the past decades. Equality and dignity, the exact meanings of which are often unaccounted for, have become the very reasons for courts to uphold same-sex couples' right to marriage. This chapter discusses that the dispute over same-sex marriage is both a moral and a legal issue.

Keywords: equality; human dignity; lesbians; same-sex marriage; UDHR

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