Link icon An image of a chain link. Whilst the Scottish Government was in favour of same-sex marriage, it stated that no religious body would be forced to hold such ceremonies once legislation is enacted. In the Dutch Caribbean special municipalities of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Sabamarriage is open to same-sex couples. On 7 Aprilthe Court ruled that marriage doesn't exclusively apply to opposite-sex couples. The Netherlands was the first country to extend marriage laws to include same-sex couples, following the recommendation of a special commission appointed to investigate the issue in Scientific literature indicates that parents' financial, psychological and physical well-being is enhanced by marriage and that children benefit from being raised by two parents within a legally recognized union either a mixed-sex or same-sex union. Those states are listed below:.
June 17, - President Barack Obama signs a memorandum granting some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Heyburn II rules that Kentucky's denial of recognition for valid same-sex marriages violates the United States Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. Democratic Republic of Congo. Neither performed nor recognized in Niue, Tokelau or the Cook Islands Neither performed nor recognized in Northern Irelandthe dependency of Sark or the five Caribbean overseas territories.
Virginia inin which the Supreme Court of the United States struck down all state bans on inter-racial marriageissued a statement on the 40th anniversary of the ruling in which she expressed her support for same-sex marriage and described it as a civil right akin to inter-racial marriage, stating that "I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry".