Gay Marriage in Europe

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A spotlight on a pressing societal issue in Europe that somehow is still not resolved.

  • In 2001, the ​​Netherlands became the first country in the world to legally recognise same-sex marriage.
  • A 2015 non-binding ruling by the European court of human rights that Italy must provide legal recognition of same-sex couples set a precedent for the rest of Europe.
  • Half of the continent at the time did not have any legal provisions for same-sex couples, but some considerable progress has been made since in a number of countries.
  • Same-sex marriage in Spain has been legal since 2005, while England and Wales legalised such unions in 2014, and Germany followed suit in 2017.
  • In Switzerland, things are moving a bit slow. Gay couples there will be able to get married from 1 July, 2022.
  • But in Romania for instance, a referendum seeking to restrict the definition of marriage to a contract between a man and a woman failed in 2018.
  • This reading rounds up five articles on an issue that never stays out of the headlines for a long period.
The Guardian
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5 articles on this topic

Pink News

The long and hard-earned history of marriage equality across Europe

10 min read

Swiss vote highlights Europe's east-west divide on gay marriage

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4 min read
The Christian Post

Church in Wales to allow pastors to bless same-sex marriages, won’t conduct gay weddings

3 min read
Radio Free Europe

The Worrying Regression Of LGBT Rights In Eastern Europe

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6 min read