Same-sex marriage , also known as gay marriage , is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender , entered into in a civil or religious ceremony. There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century. In the modern era, marriage equality was first granted to same-sex couples in the Netherlands on 1 April As of January , same-sex marriage was legally performed and recognized in 29 countries nationwide or in some jurisdictions :.
US Supreme Court rules gay marriage is legal nationwide
Ten years ago, Massachusetts introduced us to gay marriage
The high-stakes vote, during 12 hours of often dramatic debate in the Senate, gripped the nation and exposed the tensions between a conservative society long influenced by the Roman Catholic Church, and a more secular generation that is fired up by a growing feminist movement. The effects of the legalization vote are likely to ripple across Latin America, galvanizing abortion-rights advocates elsewhere in the region. The symbol of that effort in Argentina — green handkerchiefs — has begun showing up in other countries where women have poured into the streets demanding greater support for their rights. Argentine groups that had worked against the abortion legislation, with the active support of Pope Francis, vowed not to give up. But the mood outside the neo-Classical Palace of Congress, where tens of thousands gathered while the bill was being debated into the early hours, was one of elation. When news came that the bill had been approved by a wider-than-expected margin — 38 to 29, with one abstention — supporters turned the night into a celebration alive with music and dancing, tears and wildly waving green handkerchiefs. Others felt a profound sense of awe for the years of activism — the marches, the online campaigning, the slow change of public opinion — that culminated in this moment, and grief for the women who were lost to unsafe abortions along the way.
Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States
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Ten years after the first same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada and Prince Albert churches are still seeing only a few ceremonies. Tony Thompson at Wesley United Church understands that better than most, ministering at one of only couple institutions openly approving gay marriage. Despite their decision, so far Wesley has only conducted one gay ceremony and hosted another by a guest minister. Thompson has spent the last 10 years Wesley United Church and said they view the decision to allow gay marriage as a positive thing and welcome any person of any gender or identity. This is proven by Wesley United Church in the choice of its religious leader—Thompson himself is gay and living with his partner.