The Catholic Church has a long standing history of sharing its feelings on gay marriage and unmarried couples. In general, they were not very accepting of either. And this may have been the case with other religions as well; however, the Catholicis made a point of making its feelings known. So, with that being said, there has been an unspoken, ongoing battle among those in a gay marriage, unwed couples and the church. Not that the church had a role whatsoever in gay marriage becoming legal or in any other aspect having to do with a couples existence; but, if a person who was born and raised Catholic and wanted to still be a part of the church and participate in either a gay marriage or as an unmarried couple, it made it very difficult to remain a part of the Catholic Church.
Unmarried couples can come in two different forms. These are known as traditional unmarried couples and untraditional unwed couples. A traditional unmarried couple consists of a man and a woman. However, in this day and age, there are untraditional unmarried couples as well, which consist of couples of the same gender. This is also termed domestic partnerships. Individuals in a domestic partnership consider themselves to be in a relationship whereby certain rights can be beneficial to those in the relationship, such as health insurance and certain property rights.