Belgium Reaches 2,500 Gay Marriages


by from the Web, July 23, 2005


Brussels, July 22 -- The Belgian government said Friday that 2,442 same-sex couples have wed since gay marriage became legal in 2003.

Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage on September 1, 2003.  The first was The Netherlands. Since then Spain, Canada, and the state of Massachusetts have followed.

The Belgian Interior Ministry said that when the law first went into effect there was a flood of gay couples marrying but that has slowed over the past year.

Today 3 percent of all marriages in Belgium are now between partners of the same sex.

The Ministry said that one reason there was an early rush was that many same-sex couples who living together for years made up for lost time.

It said that current rate is expected to remain the norm.

But, LGBT rights groups in Belgium say that some gay couples are holding off because they cannot adopt.

That may soon change though.  The Belgian Parliament is considering adoption rights for gay couples.  A vote is expected this fall.


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