Same-Sex Marriages: Countries Where It’s Legally Recognised

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Same-sex marriages in Holland were the most prominent gay rights issue. Which other countries legally recognise gay and lesbian weddings? Where else has said, YES to LGBTQ weddings? What’s the geography of love worldwide? And how easy is it to plan your nuptials abroad?

Well, whether you’ve been with your intended for 1 year, 5 years or a lifetime arranging a legal marriage or civil union isn’t straight forward. In fact, you might be worried about finding a church wedding venue. Or you want many guests at the destination wedding because it’s vital to your community.

Whatever same-sex marriage celebration you want, begin the hunt for your wedding here. I’ve rounded up the gay and lesbian marriage countries that legally recognised same-sex wedding couples. Of course, there could be a church or two who said, “YES” to religious same-sex marriages.


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Same-sex marriages – officiants United Kingdom

  1. England and Wales – 2013 Firstly, England and Wales celebrants support couples of all genders to create a special wedding ceremony. Additionally, you can have an official marriage or civil union/registered partnership.
  2. Scotland – 2014 Ultimately, Scottish wedding celebrants will be delighted to preside over your same sex nuptials on the beach, inside a cosy cottage or at a venue of your choice.
  3. Ireland – 2015  Same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland has been legal since 16 November 2015. Source:
  4. Jersey – 2018  In addition, it is lawful for same-sex couples to marry in Jersey. And gay and lesbian couples, who are currently in a civil partnership, may convert their civil partnership to a marriage..
  5. Northern Ireland – 2019

Same-sex marriages – officiants Europe

  1. The Netherlands 2000   The Netherlands is one of the most liberal places. And an official Dutch celebrant/officiant led the first legalised same-sex marriage ceremony. It took place at the Amsterdam city hall,  Holland.
  2. Belgium 2003
  3. France – 2013 Unique Ceremonies in France states that, “same sex couples have had the possibility to tie the knot in France since 2013”. And more notably, the very first legal marriage ceremony took place in Montpelier.
  4. Spain – 2005
  5. Portugal – 2010 According to Same Vibes weddings you can plan an unforgettable wedding in Portugal.”Minimum of paperwork, prompt settlement and low administration fees. And you get quick issuance of the certificate which happens after the registration” Source:
  6. Luxembourg – 2014
  7. Gibraltar – 2016
  8. Italy – 2016 And from May 2016 you can host a celebrant-led wedding in Italy. On top of that, this humanist symbolic wedding is performed at a venue of your choice.
  9. Germany – 2017 In addition, you can celebrate your union in Germany. Along with registered partnerships for same-sex couples it’s very popular.
  10. Malta – 2017 And let’s continue the excitement because gay marriage in Malta is an attractive, easy and accessible option. So, host your nuptials in Malta and enjoy the same-sex wedding you want.
  11. Poland – 2020?
  12. Hungry – 2020? Lastly,”It also plans to bring forward a legislative initiative to protect the rights of rainbow families so that their parenthood and same-sex partnership is recognised throughout the union.” Source:
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Same sex marriage officiant: From left to right Stefan – groom, Clover Jean Celebrant, Best man Francois, Robin – groom at Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam


Same-sex marriages – officiants Scandinavia

  1. Norway – 2009 In addition, Norway embraces marriage equality. And the country celebrates gay unity wedding ceremonies abroad. In fact, Norway held the first same-sex church wedding.
  2. Sweden – 2009
  3. Iceland – 2010
  4. Denmark – 2012 And there’s more fun news, at Magical Weddings they believe that love should be shared and celebrated, regardless of gender.
  5. 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
  6. Greenland – 2015  Another thing, a wedding in Greenland is not complicated, especially for bi-national couples, same sex couples and couples who simply want to marry fast.

Same-sex marriages – officiants Americas

  1. 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.
  2. Canada – 2005 
  3. Brazil – 2013  Secondly, to get married in Brazil an application form, passport copies and original birth certificates are required. And you also need a declaration of civil status and single status form.
  4. United States of America – 2015 Engayed weddings are an on-line wedding directory that brings loving, committed same-sex couples together with top-notch wedding vendors who are thrilled to support you.
  5. Argentina – 2010 And there’s more about destination weddings in Argentina. Basically, Argentina was the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage.
  6. Uruguay – 2013
  7. Colombia – 2016 And have you considered celebrating your love in Colombia? Well, Colombia travel can help you plan the perfect same-sex marriage ceremony!
  8. Ecuador – 2019 Although, Goofy weddings based in the USA primarily service Michigan residents, the Ordained Ministers will travel to officiate your same-sex wedding.
  9. Costa Rica – 2020 Costa Rica legalized same-sex marriage. Where does the rest of Latin America stand on marriage equality? Source:

Same-sex marriages – officiants Africa

  1. South Africa – 2006

Same-sex marriages – officiants Asia

  1. Taiwan  – 2019 Two lesbian couples have become the first to take part in a mass military wedding in Taiwan, the only place in Asia to have legalised gay marriage. Source:

Same-sex marriages – officiants Australasia

  1. New Zealand – 2013 In addition, the wedding celebrant you chose is a professional with lots of local knowledge. And the marriage official will help you plan and advise you on all aspects of your special same-sex wedding service.
  2. Australia – 2017

Which country is next to follow in the foot steps of the Netherlands? Where else in the world is ready to say YES to GAY/ LESBIAN / LHBTIQ weddings?

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Soulmates are the perfect match and cut from the same cloth! In fact, the reformed marriage laws allows same-sex marriages between two men or two women to take place. LHBTIQ’ers enjoy equal befitted a man and a woman. So, more and more professionals around the globe are embracing same-sex wedding celebrations.

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