The Marriage Law of the People's Republic of China explicitly defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Most Christian denominations opposed it, while the United Church of Christthe United Church of Canadaand the Religious Society of Friends Quakers took a more favourable stand or allowed individual churches autonomy in the matter.
The fifty states each have separate marriage lawswhich must adhere to rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States that recognize marriage as a fundamental right that is guaranteed by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitutionas first established in the landmark civil rights case of Loving v.
Main article: Same-sex same sex marriage editorial tagalog in Lismore in South Africa. The bill passed the second and final vote by —90 on 12 December and was signed by the President on 20 February Marriage performed. Same-sex sexual activity illegal, but ban not enforced.
In Decemberthe Tallinn Circuit Court ruled that same-sex marriages concluded in another country must be recorded in the civil registry. On the other hand, the Netherlands —the first country to grant equal marriage rights to same-sex couples —was religiously diverseas was Canadawhich did so in However, on 9 JulyMPs at Westminster voted that the UK government would have to legislate for same-sex marriage if devolved government was not restored at Stormont by 21 October In Aprilthe Supreme Court announced it would hear a lawsuit that seeks to declare Article 44 of the Civil Code unconstitutional for outlawing same-sex marriage.
Main article: Same-sex marriage in Colombia. The social environment surrounding same-sex couples has changed substantially already.
Foreign partners of Japanese nationals can stay in Japan as spouses. The reform had to be voted again in and then submitted to referendum. Main article: Recognition of same-sex unions in Japan. On 12 Marchthe European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution encouraging EU institutions and member states to "[reflect] on the recognition of same-sex marriage or same-sex civil union as a political, social and human and civil rights issue".
See also: LGBT rights opposition. In their view, because male and female are both necessary for procreation, the privileges of marriage should be available only to opposite-sex couples. The Vietnamese Government abolished an administrative fine imposed on same-sex weddings in
Some words have been banned. Main article: Same-sex marriage in Costa Rica. Dominica , Grenada and Jamaica , which are also signatories to the convention, have not agreed to the court's blanket jurisdiction. Thank you for your feedback. Main article: Recognition of same-sex unions in Israel.
British Judge Sir Nicolas Bratza , then head of the European Court of Human Rights, delivered a speech in that signaled the court was ready to declare same-sex marriage a "human right", as soon as enough countries fell into line.