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British news: gay marriage Bill passed in UK

 

If you are interested in this subject, please read this BBC article first.

 

On Tuesday this week, our House of Commons (government) voted in favour of gay (same sex) marriage. This means that gay (homosexual) couples can get married in the same way that straight (heterosexual) couples can.

 

This topic involves talking about people’s sexual orientation. It is currently the main headline in the UK and also in France because of the governments voting for gay people to be able to marry with full rights. Below is a list of vocabulary to help you understand more about it:

 

Sexual orientation (noun) – describing which gender someone is sexually attracted to.

Heterosexual (adjective / noun) – someone who is attracted to people of the opposite sex (i.e. men who like women; women who like men).

Straight (adjective) – another way to describe a heterosexual person.

Homosexual (adjective / noun) – someone who is attracted to people of the same sex (i.e. men who like men; women who like women).

Gay (adjective) – another way to describe and homosexual person. Sometimes it is used as a negative adjective which is very offensive, so please be careful not to do that.

Bisexual (adjective / noun) – someone who is attracted to either sex (i.e. someone who likes both men and women).

Lesbian (adjective / noun) – a woman who is attracted to other women. (A gay / homosexual woman.)

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