>From what I am seeing on the GEDCOM XML 6 specs, which are still beta, I
might add, but I can see the issues surrounding Church ownership.
Anyways, the specification is set with the tags <HusbFath> and
<WifeMoth> in a family setting.
Granted that the specification is still beta, there seems to be problems
already when moving to the new specification. Any additional insight,
The full specs can be found at
On Mon, 2004-07-26 at 01:50, Lars Kr.Lundin wrote:
> Two things:
> A) In Denmark a same sex couple can register their partnership with
> the authorities and gain (with some exceptions) the legal status
> of a traditional marriage. The registration act is not done by
> the church, which means that the option
> > 6) Domestic Partnership (non-marriage, legally recognized gay
> > relationship)
> could be required in the case of Denmark.
> B) GEDCOM 5.5 representation of a same sex marriage/partnership will
> be awkward, since
> There can be no more than one HUSB/father and one WIFE/mother listed
> in each FAM_RECORD
> The family record structure assumes that the HUSB/father is male and
> WIFE/mother is female.
> One such representation is the use of the ASSOciation structure.
> This would prevent most genealogy-software from properly
> displaying the marriage/relationship including information
> about its DATEs and PLACes and the children in it.
> Another solution could be to exploit the weak 'assumes'
> above and assign a HUSB- and a WIFE-role to the two same sex
> spouses/partners. While some existing programs (by accident?)
> allow this, then other programs will likely complain about it.
> The best solution would be to update the GEDCOM-standard
> to allow same sex marriages. The LDS has released a GEDCOM 6.0
> standard. I have not checked but I could imagine that it
> disallows same sex marriages.
> Any better ideas ?
> -Lars Lundin.
> GEDCOMP: An extensive and free database for genealogists with
> interest in Denmark: http://www.lklundin.dk/gedcomp/
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