These are external links and will open in a new window. The first same-sex weddings have taken place after gay marriage became legal in England and Wales at midnight. David Cameron said the move sent a message that people were now equal "whether gay or straight", but some religious groups remain opposed. Scotland passed a similar law in February; the first same-sex marriages are expected there in October. Northern Ireland has no plans to follow suit. In an article for the Pink News website , the prime minister wrote: "This weekend is an important moment for our country.
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Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions - BBC News
These are external links and will open in a new window. Taiwan has become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, with a new law taking effect on Friday. These three couples decided to mark the occasion together, with a very special ceremony last weekend. Asia selected China India. Video duration Three couples and a wedding to celebrate equality Jump to media player Three couples find a special way to celebrate Taiwan becoming the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. Taiwan celebrates same-sex marriage law Jump to media player Jubilant crowds celebrate as Taiwan's parliament becomes the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.
How legal tide turned on same-sex marriage in the US
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, same-sex marriage started being legalized at the beginning of the 21st century.
Since the Netherlands became the first country to allow same-sex marriage 12 years ago, many countries have followed suit. France is the latest and supporters of gay marriage hope it will soon clear the final legal hurdles in Britain. But where in the world can same-sex couples already get married?