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On May 17, France’s highest court, the Constitutional Council, ruled that the bill was constitutional.
In addition to allowing same-sex couples to wed, the measure gives churches and other religious groups the option of deciding whether or not they want to conduct such marriages.In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not. 7, 2017, the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally wed.Passage came just three weeks after Australians voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, by a 62% to 38% margin, in a non-binding, nationwide referendum.Brazil (2013) On May 14, 2013, Brazil’s National Council of Justice ruled that same-sex couples should not be denied marriage licenses, allowing same-sex marriages to begin nationwide.(Previously, about half of Brazil’s 27 jurisdictions had allowed same-sex marriage.) The conservative Social Christian Party has appealed the Council of Justice’s decision to the Supreme Court, and Brazil’s legislature may still weigh in on the issue, leaving some uncertainty surrounding the future of same-sex marriage in the world’s fifth-largest country.More than six-in-ten Irish voters (62%) voted “yes” to amend the Constitution of Ireland to say that “marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” While some Catholic Church leaders opposed the change, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin wrote a commentary in The Irish Times newspaper before the referendum, saying that he would not tell people how to vote and that he had “no wish to stuff my religious views down other people’s throats.” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny supported the “yes” campaign.
Finland (2015) Same-sex marriage will become legal in Finland starting in 2017.
The bill, which took effect in early 2015, was championed by the country’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, who is openly gay.
The changes are part of a larger rewrite of the tiny country’s marriage laws – the first major overhaul since 1804.
The law only applies to England and Wales because Scotland and Northern Ireland are semi-autonomous and have separate legislative bodies to decide many domestic issues, including the definition of marriage.
While Northern Ireland’s legislature in April 2014 voted down a measure that would have legalized same-sex marriage, the Scottish Parliament passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in February 2014.
Germany (2017) On June 30, 2017, Germany became the 15th European country to enact legislation allowing same-sex couples to wed.