20 years ago today, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage

On April 1, 2001, the Netherlands grew to become the primary nation on the planet to legalise same-sex marriage. Since then, 20,000 same-sex {couples} have mentioned their vows.

Greater than 19,000 males and nearly 21,000 ladies within the Netherlands are married to somebody of the identical intercourse. Out of those folks, 1,400 males and 1,100 ladies walked down the aisle in 2001, studies Statistics Netherlands.

The primary married homosexual {couples}

Gert Kasteel and Dolf Pasker have been one of many first homosexual {couples} to ever get legally married. At this time, they have a good time their twentieth anniversary.

“It’s nicer to say to different folks ‘he’s my husband, he’s my man,’” Dolf tells Reuters

Nevertheless, though same-sex marriage has been authorized for 20 years now within the Netherlands, a few quarter of {couples} who formalize their relationship nonetheless select to enter a registered partnership as a substitute. 

Most homosexual marriages are in Amsterdam

Whereas Amsterdam wasn’t at all times a protected haven for homosexual folks, it now has the most important share of same-sex marriages, with 45 in each 1,000 married {couples} being homosexual. That is adopted by Nijmegen and Arnhem. 

However sadly, not all the Netherlands is tolerant in direction of the LGBTQ group. The share of same-sex marriages is particularly decrease within the so-called Bible Belt — an space working from the province of Zeeland, throughout South Holland, Utrecht, and Gelderland all the best way to Overijssel, the place many Orthodox Protestants stay. 

How will you be celebrating this anniversary? Do you assume the Netherlands nonetheless has an extended technique to go to be totally tolerant of the LGBTQ group? Inform us within the feedback!

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