Comedian releases novel inspired by his Irish roots. The law, which applies to England and Wales, does not allow for same-sex marriages within the Church of England. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in twenty-six countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Civil unions between gay and lesbian couples had been legal sinceand adoption rights were granted in William Roletter, left, and Paul Rowe get close after having their photo taken with their marriage certificate May 21,at Philadelphia City Hall. Supreme Court engages on same-sex marriage cake case, hands win to baker, for now. She adds that not all countries that allow same-sex marriage allow couples to jointly adopt and cautions against equating the right to marry with freedom from discrimination.
Countries where same-sex marriage is legal in some areas but not nationwide were excluded.
This granted same-sex couples inheritance, adoption, and divorce rights. The New Jersey Supreme Court denied the state's request to prevent same-sex marriages temporarily, clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry. On February 21,an Illinois federal judge rules that other same-sex couples in Cook County can marry immediately.