Where to Host Your Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony in the World

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Are you planning a same-sex marriage ceremony? Well, LGBT, Rainbow weddings and modern love ceremonies are outstripping civil partnerships. And whether you are gay, lesbian, gender neutral or a pan sexual couple, planning a once in a life-time wedding is still stressful.  

Actually, traditional white weddings and heterosexual married couples are no longer the social norm. In fact, believe it or not modern love weddings are here to stay.

For instance, more venues worldwide are celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. And LGBTQ weddings are at an all-time high! Moreover, with the launch of the UK’s first wedding planner for lesbian women – Chloe Bond weddings, things look pretty rosy for the gay community.

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

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same-sex marriage two grooms dressed in grey checkered suits cutting wedding cake

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But, let’s get real marriage equality has made a big stand. Did you know the ex-president of the USA Obama said; “Yes we can!” to legally recognised gay weddings? In other words, you and other couples of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community can #MarryProudly and share what your love really means to you.

Most importantly, “Where can you host your same-sex marriage ceremony in the world?” Well, don’t stress find below the many countries that have said YES to host (LGBTQ) weddings. So, here they are, let’s give these countries a big round of applause…

The Netherlands – 2000  

Firstly, the most liberal city in the world Amsterdam officiated the first same-sex wedding ceremony.

Furthermore, AT5 Amsterdam television broadcasting company reported a lesbian couple marrying for the second time. What’s more, the Dutch-Belgium newlyweds toured all the  countries in the world that said yes to LGBTQ weddings.  Source: http://www.at5.nl

Belgium – 2003  

Canada – 2005 

Spain – 2005 

South Africa – 2006

Norway – 2009

In addition, Norway held the first same-sex church wedding

Sweden – 2009

Argentina – 2010

Iceland – 2010

Portugal – 2010

Denmark – 2012

Brazil – 2013

England and Wales – 2013

Additionally England and Wales held the 1st church wedding in 2014. In fact, the two women married at the Metropolitan community church in Bournemouth. Moreover, the Rainbow flag flew over Whitehall to mark the first same-sex marriages.

France – 2013

New Zealand – 2013

Uruguay – 2013

Luxembourg – 2014

Scotland – 2014

Ultimately, the first mainstream Christian church to allow same-sex marriages

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 Insider.com.

Ireland – 2015

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.

United States of America – 2015

Greenland – 2015

Colombia – 2016

Germany – 2017

Australia – 2017

Malta – 2017

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.

The verdict is in line with an opinion given seven months ago by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that said homosexual couples have the same rights as heterosexual ones to marry. Source: http://time.com/5363591/costa-rica-supreme-court-gay-marriage-ban/

Taiwan  – 2019


Which country is next to say YES to gay marriage? – 2019/2020

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Gay marriage, status and dignity | Screenshot source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36462240




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