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    Where is Gay Marriage Legal?

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    Where is Gay Marriage Legal?

    Post  ambrochius on Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:59 am

    Canada
    In June of 2005, the Canadian Parliament enacted a law allowing legal marriage for same-sex couples.

    Belgium
    The second nation to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003.

    Netherlands
    The first country to grant gay marriage in 2001.

    Norway
    Became the sixth country to legalize same-sex marriage on May 11, 2008.

    South Africa
    South Africa became the fifth nation to recognize gay marriage in 2005.

    Spain
    Spain became the fourth nation to allow gay marriage on June 29, 2005.

    US states that recognize gay marriage:

    California
    In May, 2008, California's Supreme Court ruled that banning same-sex marriage in the state was discriminatory (read more). However, that November Proposition 8, a voter initiative passed that struck down the court ruling defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

    Connecticut
    In a 4 to 3 decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, making it the third state to allow legal gay marriage...

    New Jersey*
    New Jersey is the third U.S. state to offer same-sex civil unions behind Vermont and Connecticut. The new same-sex civil unions law, which goes into affect on February 19, 2007, grants gay and lesbian couples the same rights as marriage. *(Although same-sex unions in New Jersey are classified as civil unions, couples are granted the same rights as married heterosexual couples.)

    New York
    Note: By a May 29, 2008 directive, New York only recognizes gay marriages from couples legally married outside of the state.

    Massachusetts
    On May 17, 2004 Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. The State of Massachusetts also issues licenses to gay couples from New Mexico and Rhode Island since neither state explicitly prohibits same-sex marriage.

    Nations that allow same-sex partnerships or unions:


    Brazil*
    *Only the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul allows same-sex civil unions (June 2006).

    Croatia
    Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been granted since 2003.

    Denmark
    Legal civil partnerships have been allowed since 1989.

    Finland
    Has offered registered partnership benefits since September 2001.

    France
    Pacte Civil de Solidarité” (PACS), or “Civil Solidarity Pacts,” were instituted in France on November 9, 1999.

    Germany
    Gay couples can register as "Life Partnerships," granting lesser financial and pension benefits than marriage.

    Hungary
    Gay couples have been protected under common-law marriages since 1995; however they are not eligible for legal marriage.

    Iceland
    Since 1996, gay Icelanders have been protected under registered partnerships.

    Luxembourg
    Civil partnership legislation modeled after France's PACS were introduced in Luxembourg in 2004.

    Mexico
    Same sex civil unions were legalized in Mexico City in November 2006 and in the state of Coahuila on January of 2007, essentially making civil unions legal in all of Mexico (by law, each Mexican state must recognize the laws granted to individuals of the other states).

    New Zealand
    In December, 2004, New Zealand enacted legislation recognizing same-sex civil unions.

    Norway
    Since 1996, gay Norwegians have been protected under registered partnerships.

    Portugal
    Same-sex partners have the same rights as opposite-sex partners in common law marriage.

    Sweden
    Swedish same-sex couples have been able to register under domestic partnership laws since 1995.

    Switzerland
    Same-sex couples are given limited legal benefits with civil recognition.

    United Kingdom
    Domestic partners can register under the Civil Partnership Act. This legislation took affect in December 5, 2005 giving registered same-sex couples all of the rights, privileges and responsibilities of married heterosexual couples. The Civil Partnership Act applies across all of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

    US States that allow same-sex partnerships or unions:

    Connecticut
    Although Connecticut defines marriage as between a man and woman, it became the second U.S. state to grant same-sex civil unions in April, 2005.

    New Hampshire
    New Hampshire, home of the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, became the 4th state behind Vermont, New Jersey and Connecticut to offer civil unions. Same-sex partners were allowed to register for civil unions in January 2008. More on New Hampshire Civil Unions

    Oregon
    Under Oregon's new domestic partnership law gay and lesbian couples are eligible for all the state-wide rights and benefits of marriage. Oregon also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    Vermont
    The first U.S. state to offer same-sex civil unions in 2000. Learn about Vermont civil unions.

    Washington
    On April 21, 2007, Washington's domestic partnership bill was signed into law giving gay and lesbian couples many of the benefits of marriage.


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