Gay wedding update: as of December 2021, 31 countries across the globe have legalized same-sex marriages.
Despite continued prohibition in South and Central Asia as well as many African nations, there’s hope that the tides will turn in countries such as the Philippines where candidates supporting same-sex marriages and civil unions are increasingly present in elections.
The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Four couples wed at Amsterdam’s town hall literally minutes after the law came into effect on April 1, 2001.
Canada’s path to same-sex equality was long and winding.
In 2001, Rev. Brent Hawkes was so nervous marrying the first two gay couples, he wore a bulletproof vest under his robes in case they were attacked.
Over in Spain:
Emilio Menendez hid his sexuality in Gen. Francisco Franco’s army and had to wait 30 years before he could legally marry Carlos Baturim in Spain in 2005. Gay men in Franco’s military “knew how to hide it,” Menendez told The Seattle Times.
He met Baturim a few months before Franco died in 1975. The pair waited another 30 years, when the government changed the law to enable equal marriage rights for gay people. After the gay wedding, Baturim told reporters: “Now we are more official. We both believe in marriage and family, and we wanted to be part of that.” Menendez’s 88-year-old mother Marina was so delighted she paid for an Adriatic cruise for the couple’s honeymoon.
Iceland was next.
In 2010, it not only amended the law to allow “two individuals” to wed, it also became the first country in the world with an openly gay head of state.
FINALLY, in June 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional in the USA.
This decision resulted in the celebration of the first gay wedding in the United States, when Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon became the first gay couple to tie the knot and get official recognition of their fifty year relationship.
When the Supreme Court made its ruling, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba launched a competition for seven same-sex couples from China, where gay marriage is outlawed. The 7 couples won an all-expenses-paid trip to West Hollywood, and married there on June 9.
Same-sex marriage is still not legal in China.
Most importantly: marry the man who brings out in you the man you want to be.
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