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Gay Marriage in Belgium



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THis, from the Marriage Law Project:

The new law allows marriage only to citizens of Belgium or the
Netherlands, the first country to allow same-sex marriage, beginning in
2001. The Netherlands is seen as an avant garde country; however Belgium
– with its small population of 10 million — has not been a leader in
European affairs. It is not likely that other countries will follow the
Belgian Parliament’s lead.


The bill has taken four years to pass the Belgian Parliament governed by
a left-leaning coalition. The coalition disregarded the country’s top
administrative court, which ruled marriage was the union of one man and
one woman.


The law is scheduled to take effect in approximately four months


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