Where Can Gays and Lesbians Legally Marry?
Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you had a safe and great weekend. It was another long week for Dab the AIDS Bear and myself. Hopefully this weekend will go easier and smoother for us.
Since I am very open about my sexuality, everyone knows I am a gay man. Unfortunately, the United States as a whole does not allow gays and lesbians to get married. But there are a few states in our country and other countries where gays and lesbians can legally be married. Do you know which ones they are? If not, read on...
Although many states in the United States voted to outlaw gay marriage, there are many places in the world where gays and lesbians can get married or obtain civil unions. Here are a list of places where same sex couples can get legally married or enter in some kind of legally recognized partnership. This list will be updated as things change.
It is now legal for gays and lesbians to marry every place in Canada. There is no residency requirement for Canadian marriage, but that does not mean a Canadian gay marriage will be recognized by other countries.
Sweden became the seventh country to legalize same sex marriage on April 1, 2009. Marriage licenses for same sex couples became available beginning May 1, 2009. Couples who are currently in civil partnership can chose to keep that status or have it amended to marriage.
Norway became the sixth country to legalize same sex marriage on May 11, 2008.
Netherlands (Holland) has full marriage and registered partnership rights for same sex or opposite sex couples.
Belgium in 2003 became the second country in the world to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Since 2006, gay and lesbian couples have been allowed to adopt children.
Spain voted in June 2005 to extend full marriage rights to gay and lesbian citizens. The measure adds one sentence to existing Spanish marriage law: Marriage will have the same requirements and results when the two people entering into the contract are of the same sex or of different sexes.
Portugal became the sixth European country to allow same sex marriage with a law passed by parliament in January 2010 and signed by the president in May. Although same sex marriage is now legal in Portugal, same sex couples are not allowed to adopt children.
Iceland began to allow same sex marriage in June 2010.
South Africa legalized gay marriage on November 30th, 2006. South Africa has one of the most inclusive constitutions in the world, calling for equal rights for gays and lesbians.
The United States
In the United States gays and lesbians can legally marry in New Hampshire, New York Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and Vermont, Washington and Washington, DC.
New Jersey - law makers have just voted to approve marriage equality but their Republican Governor has vowed to veto the measure.
With the passage of Prop 8, gay and lesbian couples who were married between June and November 2008 are still legally married, but no new legal marriages can be performed in California. The measure is still in litigation.
Mexico City, Mexico allows same sex couples all the rights and responsibilities of marriage since March 2010, including the right to adopt children. By law, marriages entered into in Mexico City must be recognized elsewhere in the nation.
Argentina legalized same sex marriage in July 2010.
Now you know the rest of the story. Hope you have a great and safe weekend.
Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.
big bear hug,