Same-Sex Marriage | 30 Countries That Embrace Gay Pride

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Planning a same-sex marriage equality ceremony during gay pride 2020 means you want to publicly celebrate your love on the biggest day of diversity. Not to mention that more countries around the world are becoming increasingly secular and accepting of same-sex and LGBT weddings.

By the same token, Rainbow weddings and irreligious commitment ceremonies are non-judgemental. Whereas classic white weddings held in a church can be seen as restrictive, these ceremonies are more relaxed. Perhaps, that’s why they are outstripping civil partnership celebrations. So, how do you obtain a certificate of marital status?

Well, heterosexual married couples are no longer the social norm. Equally important, there are licensed venues worldwide embracing diversity and inclusiveness. In fact, LGBTQ weddings & marriage equality ceremonies are on the rise.

Moreover, with the launch of the UK’s first marriage equality wedding planner for lesbian women – Chloe Bond weddings, things look pretty rosy for the gay community.

And there’s more good news… there are a handful of countries around the world where you as a same-sex couple can marry in church. Even better, there has been a fundamental change towards a marriage between two men or between two women.

Same-sex marriage

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Certificate of marital status

Additionally, a certificate of marital status shows that two people of the same gender have the same equal rights as a heterosexual couple. But did you know the ex-president of the USA Obama said; “Yes we can!” to legally recognised gay weddings? In other words, you as a same-sex couple in a (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community can #MarryProudly and share what your love really means to you.

Most importantly, you can host your same-sex marriage equality ceremony where you like in the world on gay pride day?  So, no stress find below the many countries that have said YES and legalised gay marriages and (LGBTQ) weddings.  Let’s give these countries a big round of applause…

  1. The Netherlands – 2000  |Firstly, the most liberal city in the world Amsterdam officiated the first same-sex wedding ceremony.
  2. Belgium – 2003  
  3. Canada – 2005 
  4. Spain – 2005 
  5. South Africa – 2006
  6. Norway – 2009 |In addition, Norway held the first same-sex church wedding
  7. Sweden – 2009
  8. Argentina – 2010
  9. Iceland – 2010
  10. Portugal – 2010
  11. Denmark – 2012
  12. Brazil – 2013
  13. England and Wales – 2013 | Additionally, England and Wales held the 1st church wedding in 2014. 
  14. France – 2013
  15. New Zealand – 2013
  16. Uruguay – 2013
  17. Luxembourg – 2014
  18. Scotland – 2014 |Ultimately, the first mainstream Christian church to allow same-sex marriages
  19. Finland – 2015 |Additionally, Finnish Parliament officially approved gay weddings in March 2017.  And confirms that the country is the last one of the Nordics to instate gay marriage in law. – Nordic Business
  20. Ireland – 2015
  21. Mexico – 2015 |Momentarily, not applicable in many of the Mexican jurisdictions. Mexico has not firmly established all parts of  it’s country to permit same-sex weddings.
  22. United States of America – 2015
  23. Greenland – 2015
  24. Colombia – 2016
  25. Germany – 2017
  26. Australia – 2017
  27. Malta – 2017
  28. Costa Rica – 2018 | 2019? |A ban on same-sex marriages in Costa Rica was ordered to be struck down by the country’s Supreme Court, which declared the law to be unconstitutional and discriminatory. The court ruling gives lawmakers 18 months to adjust the current law, Agence France-Presse reports.
  29. Taiwan  – 2019
  30. Northern Ireland – 2019


Which country is next to say YES to gay marriage? – 2020/2021

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