David Cameron has hailed the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales as sending a "powerful message" about equality in Britain. The law changed at midnight, with a number of gay couples vying to claim the title of being the first to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows were said just seconds after the clock struck midnight. The prime minister said the reform was necessary because "when people's love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change". Writing in Pink News he said "this weekend is an important moment" because "we will at last have equal marriage in our country".
Taiwan government to unveil draft same-sex marriage law
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Same-sex marriage in Canada was progressively introduced in several provinces by court decisions beginning in before being legal nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act on July 20, On June 10, , the Court of Appeal for Ontario issued a decision immediately legalizing same-sex marriage in Ontario, thereby becoming the first province where it was legal. The introduction of a federal gender-neutral marriage definition made Canada the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside Europe , to legally recognize same-sex marriage throughout its borders. More than 3, same-sex couples had already married in those areas before the Civil Marriage Act was passed. It was passed by the House of Commons on June 28, , by the Senate on July 19, , and it received royal assent the following day. Following the election , which was won by a Conservative minority government under new Prime Minister Stephen Harper , the House of Commons defeated a motion to reopen the matter by a vote of to on December 7, , effectively reaffirming the legislation. This was the third vote supporting same-sex marriage taken by three Parliaments under three prime ministers in three different years, as shown below.
Same-sex marriage in Canada
Laurel Wamsley. In a landmark first for Asia, Taiwan has legalized same-sex marriage. Supporters celebrate the bill's passage outside parliament in Taipei on Friday. Taiwan's parliament approved a bill on Friday that legalizes same-sex marriage, making it the first place in Asia to do so. Throngs of supporters who gathered outside parliament cheered and embraced at the news.
This page contains a timeline of significant events regarding same-sex marriage and legal recognition of same-sex couples worldwide. It begins with the history of same-sex unions during ancient times, which consisted of unions ranging from informal and temporary relationships to highly ritualized unions, and continues to modern-day state-recognized same-sex marriage. Events concerning same-sex marriages becoming legal in a country or in a country's state are listed in bold.