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Families of LGBT Individuals

The issues surrounding family units do not simply commence and stop at the concept of marriage. The family unit is all-encompassing. The family status is not solely reliant upon the legal basis of the marriage and union, but more so on the pragmatism of daily family routines. Each person has the right to be viewed equally and justly.

The Importance of Considering the Family Unit in LGBT Communities

The struggle to achieve equality for LGBT communities in Europe is a long-running one and of deep significance. Families of same-gender couples and LGBT families confront a lot of social, political, and economic discrimination.

At the present time, only a small number of European countries offer equitable and complete legal advantages to LGBT families on par with heterosexual families and couples. The majority of European countries offer only minimal recognition and legal care. Same gender families can encounter legal troubles at any time. Children of LGBT families are the most disadvantaged because of the stigma attached to their family status. In some serious circumstances where one family member dies or if separation/divorce occurs, children of LGBT families can be taken away by the state. Furthermore, the state can readily deny any social service benefits such as health care plans.

The Present Situation Concerning LGBT Communities

It is a confusing situation for LGBT Communities and their families. On the positive side there are several countries that are more liberal in their approach in dealing with LGTB families since the 1990s. On the negative side, some European countries have reacted severely to LGBT families while denying them their full rights along the way.

Some instances include:

  • Reducing the legal advantages afforded to the definitions of family with regards to same-gender couples. Hungary and Croatia instituted this in 2012 and 2013.
  • Legal prohibitions that ban same-sex marriage and families.
  • Russia considering measures that effectively remove children of LGBT families.

The Actions of European Institutions

European measures in recent years have improved the conditions of LGBT families and their communities. Attempts are being made to offer equal and full recognition of rights as well as benefits to these families. Many of Europe’s legal institutions have made good progress in offering LGBT families with freedoms, services, and equity on an equal footing with heterosexual families. Legal memorandums are providing LGBT communities with full freedom of movement to anywhere within the EU.

At the present time, the memorandum outlines equal rights to LGBT families regardless of where these individuals choose to transfer to within the European Union. However, the EU’s concept of “family unit” still considers marriage and cohabitation that possess laws governing these protocols. These steps need to be improved.

How to Know if you’ve Met the One?

Maybe you have been in love for a few years or maybe a few months- and now you are trying to figure out if this is “the one.” Would you see yourself growing older together, “till death do us apart” is quite a long time, so you had better make a good decision. Now that divorce is becoming such a common phenomenon, how can you be sure that the person you choose will be the right choice for the relationship?

Before going for china patterns, hold up for a moment and do a little bit of soul-searching. Besides this is the most life-altering decision you will ever make in life.

Below are four steps that can help you figure out if your current honey is “the one”

What are your 5 “must haves”

In every relationship, there are things that you can live with or without. For instance, if you adore children and wish to have a family of your own, then this quality must be one of the must-haves. Write down the five things that you must have in a relationship.

What are your five Deal Breakers

Just as the things that you must have, there are things that you do not want in your future partner. Avoid thinking about the usual ones like cheating and body order. Think outside the box; maybe look for someone who shares the same interests as you. For example, if you are a fan of politics then your deal breaker is finding someone who does not agree or share in your political views.

What are your Common Values

Having the same moral values inHow to  a relationship is very fundamental and can be a huge conflict. For instance, if you are financially responsible and your spouse is awful with money, then that will cause trouble in your future life together. Knowing what your personal values are and how they suit your potential spouse is a key thing.

What are your common goals

Ask yourself what you want in life; if you have not figured out what you want, then it is going to be difficult for you to know if your partner is the one. You definitely need someone who you can share common goals in life. For instance, it might be a bad match if your future partner’s dream is to open a chupacabra farm in rural New Mexico, whereas your dream is to become a magazine editor in New York City. You really do not have to match 100% with your partner but you need to have some common ground.

So now, you are armored with the tools you need to answer the age-old question of “is this person the one?” Keep in mind that you are the only person who can answer this question for yourself.