Monday, April 4, 2011
This past Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the world's first same-sex marriages, which took place in the Netherlands on April 1, 2001. Since then, almost 15,000 same-sex couples have married in the Netherlands.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in the following 12 countries:
- the Netherlands,
- South Africa,
- Spain, and
Additionally, Israel will recognize lawful same-sex marriages performed in other countries even though same-sex marriage is not presently allowed under Israeli law. And in Mexico, where same-sex marriages are lawful in the Federal District, a Supreme Court ruling requires all other Mexican states to recognize those marriages.
Five U.S. states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage in the United States. Other states also provide for civil unions -- Illinois, for example, will allow civil unions starting on June 1.
Hat tip to Rex Wockner