Same-Sex Marriage: Which Country Can Legally Marry Us?

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Same-sex marriage is shifting social norms to achieve gender equality. It has become commonplace. Celebrating your love as a gay couple is extra special. In truth, if you’re ready to say, YES which country around the world legally recognizes your union?

Although, there are only a  handful of countries that are accepting of same-sex and LGBT weddings. And rainbow weddings are still a big taboo, the classic white wedding is no longer seen as the norm.

But, wouldn’t it be great if same-sex marriages were given the same status and respect?  Whereas religious marriage services can be restrictive, you could be considering having your marriage blessed in a church. Am I right or am I wrong?

Perhaps you’d prefer a civil partnership? Civil unions are outstripping wedding ceremony celebrations. Together with that, they are equivalent to a legal marriage but without certain rights.

Same-sex marriage

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 LGBTQ weddings & marriage equality ceremonies

But, here is the exciting news, heterosexual married couples are no longer seen as the norm. And 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 guess what? There are more countries around the world who allow same-sex couples to marry in church. And wedding blessing services are available too. Even better, fundamental changes towards a marriage between two men or between two women is blooming lovely.

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Colorful Same Sex Wedding at Essex Conference Center and Retreat CoCo Boardman

Certificate of marital status | same-sex marriage

But, can you get a certificate of marital status? Yes, an official marriage certificate shows you are legally wed. Moreover, that two people of the same gender have the same equal rights as a heterosexual couple.

And 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) loving relationship can #MarryProudly.  Not only that, you have the freedom to share what your love really means to you.

same-sex marriage demonstration march for freedom to marry

Soulmates are cut from the same cloth and are the perfect match!

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Legalised gay marriages and (LGBTQ) weddings

So, are you getting excited to begin your new lives together? Where will your dream same-sex marriage equality ceremony take place? What about during a world gay pride day? Well, below you’ll find the many countries that have said YES to legalised gay marriages and (LGBTQ) weddings.  Let’s give these rainbow countries a big round of applause…

Same-sex marriage – part I

  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

Same-sex marriage – part II

  1. Denmark – 2012
  2. Brazil – 2013
  3. England and Wales – 2013  Additionally, England and Wales held the 1st church wedding in 2014. 
  4. France – 2013
  5. New Zealand – 2013
  6. Uruguay – 2013
  7. Luxembourg – 2014
  8. Scotland – 2014  Ultimately, the first mainstream Christian church to allow same-sex marriages
  9. 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
  10. Ireland – 2015

Same-sex marriage – part III

  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. United States of America – 2015
  3. Greenland – 2015
  4. Colombia – 2016
  5. Germany – 2017
  6. Australia – 2017
  7. Malta – 2017
  8. 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.
  9. Taiwan  – 2019
  10. Northern Ireland – 2019


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

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Same sex wedding at Willowdale Estate (Topsfield, MA)

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