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Gay marriage across the world

2013-02-05 16:26

Paris - As Britain's parliament votes on whether to pass legislation to allow homosexual couples to marry followingis a breakdown of countries with similar laws on the books.

Gay couples in Britain have had the right to enter into a civil partnership and adopt children since 2005.

- Netherlands: On 1 April 2001 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, with the same rights as heterosexuals. Includes the right to adoption.

- Belgium: Homosexual couples in Belgium have almost the same rights as heterosexuals. They won the right to marry in 2003 and in 2006 parliament voted into law a bill allowing homosexual couples to adopt children.

- Spain: In 2005 Spain became the third member of the European Union to pass a law allowing same-sex marriages. Gay couples can adopt children, whether they are married or not.

- Canada: Canada adopted a national law allowing gays to marry and adopt in July 2005 though most provinces had already allowed same-sex unions before that date.

- South africa: The country legalised same-sex unions and adoptions by gay couples in November 2006, becoming the first African nation to do so.

- Norway: A 2009 law allowed homosexuals to marry and adopt children. Civil partnerships have existed in the country for 20 years.

- Sweden: Homosexuals were allowed to enter into civil partnerships in 1995, and in May 2009 they were given the right to wed in civilian or religious ceremonies on a par with heterosexuals. Since 2003 they have been able to adopt children.

- Portugal: Under a 2010 law Portugal legalised gay marriage, while excluding the right to adoption.

- Iceland: Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir married her long-time partner in June 2010 as a new law legalising homosexual marriages came into force. Same sex couples who have lived together for at least five years have had the right to adopt children since 2006.

- France: Lawmakers on Saturday approved a key piece of legislation that will allow homosexual couples to marry and adopt children. A final vote is set for 12 February. Since 1999, homosexual couples have had the right to enter civil partnerships.

- Argentina: Gays in Argentina became the first on the South American continent to be able to wed and adopt, after legislation passed on 14 July 2010.

- United States: Gay couples can marry in nine US states, as well as in the capital Washington, while Mexico allows unions in Mexico City.

A number of other countries have adopted laws that recognise civil partnerships and give couples more or less the same rights as heterosexuals. Denmark became in 1989 the first nation in the world to recognise civil unions.

Germany followed suit in 2001, followed by Finland (2002), New Zealand (2004), the Czech Republic (2006), Switzerland (2007) and Uruguay, Colombia and Ireland all in 2011. In Australia, five states recognise civil unions between gays, but the federal government does not.

Comments
  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-05 18:05

    It seems that the world has learned little from Sodom and Gomorah or maybe they just dont care. Its little wonder why Gods wrath and His judgement is on the way!!!

      Robert Frankol - 2013-02-05 23:08

      Ha ha let me educate you atheist. first of all we are no longer under the old covenant but the new covenant. There is no longer sacrificing of bulls and goats because Christ came once and for all as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. With regards to homosexuality it goes against the very natural order of things so much so that even the land you live on will vomit you out...remember He didnt create Adam and Steve. like i said they havent learned a thing and you have already condemned yourselves by your unnatural acts.

      Robert Frankol - 2013-02-06 00:34

      Oh and atheist it may seem like my 'useless do nothing God' is doing nothing, but thats cos He's merciful and long suffering, giving you a chance to repent. However His mercy cannot last forever lest your evil and wickedness prevails. So pls atheist, turn from your wicked ways lest my 'do nothing God' comes and puts you in line and you remember these words of mine...CAPIESH???

      dewald.louw.568 - 2013-02-06 21:46

      Seems you use God's Will at your will. Please don't blaspheme Robert

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-05 18:06

    . We should be very proud that we were the fifth country in the world to legalize same sex marriages. MAJORITY rule has no value, without the protection of MINORITIES!!!!!! .

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-06 00:25

    Oh and atheist it may seem like my 'useless do nothing God' is doing nothing, but thats only because He is merciful and long suffering, giving you a chance to repent. However His mercy cannot last forever lest your wickedness and evil prevails. So please atheist, humble yourself and turn from your wicked ways lest my do nothing God come and put you in line and you remember these words of mine...CAPIESH????

      FullFrontalCortex - 2013-02-06 06:08

      No Robert, he does nothing because, your imaginary skybuddy does not exist. peep through you fingers, I know its scary for Christians. You are scared all the time, the church wants you to be scared and ignorant. But look at the world, everywhere you will see suffering and injustice, the surest evidence that there is no God! CAPIESH???? DBAA

      FullFrontalCortex - 2013-02-06 06:10

      And Robert, it seems that only God loves bigots, the rest of society don't like you.

      Robert Frankol - 2013-02-06 08:14

      Ha ha your come backs are lame and weak. You cannot coerce the strong with verbal warfare.

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