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Gay marriage is a term for a legally or socially recognized marriage between two people of the same sex. "Same-sex marriage" and "gay marriage" are the most common terms used in news media and politics.Some proponents of same-sex marriage use the term "equal marriage" to stress that they seek equality as opposed to special rights.

Marriage, as defined by the civil law, is currently available to same-sex couples in six countries. The Netherlands was the first country to allow same-sex marriage in 2001. Same-sex marriages are also legal in Belgium, Canada, Norway, South Africa and Spain. In 2005, Spain became the first country in the world to recognize same-sex marriage (including adoption rights) on equal terms and under the same law.



Two states in the United States, Massachusetts and Connecticut allow gay or same-sex marriage. From May 2008, California allowed for same sex marriages, though Proposition 8 has overturned that right as of November 2008. The states of Vermont, New Jersey and New Hampshire offer civil unions.
Oregon has domestic partnership laws that grant some of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.
Maine, Washington, Maryland, and the District of Columbia grant certain limited benefits through domestic partnerships. Hawaii has reciprocal beneficiary laws.



Opponents argue that equating same-sex and opposite-sex marriage changes the meaning of marriage and its traditions. Furthermore they frequently use the term "homosexual marriage," and some surveys have suggested that the word "homosexual" is more stigmatizing than the word "gay".

Generational Conflict arises whenever the interests or ideals of one generation collide openly with those of another. With people living longer these days - and thus working longer - it is often possible to find representatives of as many as four generations working together in one organization. This can lead to challenges and frustrations.



Typically, a generation - sometimes called a "cohort group" - includes the people born over a span of twenty years who share characteristics, including some shared childhood and coming-of-age experiences, a set of common behavioral and attitudinal traits, and a sense of common identity.

Many people decide to start a business of their own when they become totally frustrated with the job they have. Others chose this route because they find themselves jobless and get frustrated looking. Still others wake up with an idea one morning, and decide to "make it so."



Regardless of what gets you to the point of deciding to go it alone, we salute you! But we also want to remind you that it isn't easy:



First of all, there's the fact that you'll most likely work 16 hour days, end up having many bosses because you’ll be doing what your customers want and won’t make any money for at least 18 months. So before you start, we suggest you take the quiz below. To succeed, you'll need a business plan and the ability to answer yes to four basic questions.



  1. Have you identified a problem in the marketplace that you can solve?

  2. Is there a product or service that you will use to get this done?

  3. Do you know how to run a business day-to-day and how to manage the financial bits and pieces?

  4. Do you have the capital to start it up and keep it running until it starts to fund itself?

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