Same Sex Marriage?
At work there's this awesome girl, Nicole. She's a lesbian and she just got engaged. I'm very happy for her.
But is she even allowed to get married? Which countries allow same sex marriages?
I'm in Germany, does anybody know if they do that here?
- DEATHLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
It's not so much a legal marriage as a Civil Union or Domestic Partnership in Germany. They don't offer the same exact rights and priveledges as full marriages do.
The term "marriage" is and has been a 'carryall' for all three partnerships, but legally they all have very different meanings and interpretations.
Civil unions, domestic partnerships or registered partnership offer varying amounts of the benefits of marriage, which are available in: Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, some regions in Italy and the United Kingdom. All Australian states and territories including Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia see . The U.S. states of California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, and Vermont; and the U.S. District of Columbia (Washington, DC). The first same-sex union in modern history with government recognition was obtained in Denmark in 1989 (although historian John Boswell argues numerous same-sex unions existed in pre-modern Europe; however, his scholarship standards are subject to intense debate). Scandinavian registered partnership is nearly equal to marriage, including legal adoption rights in Sweden, and since June, also in Iceland. However these partnerships are written separately from marriage in the existing laws, and are thus not called marriage except in daily speech. In some countries with legal recognition the actual benefits are minimal. Many people consider civil unions, even those which grant equal rights, inadequate, as they create a separate status, and think they should be replaced by gender-neutral marriage.