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More than six-in-ten Irish voters (62%) voted “yes” to amend the Constitution of Ireland to say that “marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” While some Catholic Church leaders opposed the change, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin wrote a commentary in The Irish Times newspaper before the referendum, saying that he would not tell people how to vote and that he had “no wish to stuff my religious views down other people’s throats.” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny supported the “yes” campaign.
Finland (2015) Same-sex marriage will become legal in Finland starting in 2017.
The two largest churches in Scotland – the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church – oppose same-sex marriage and lobbied against the bill.
The law took effect and same-sex couples began marrying in Scotland in December 2014.
In addition to allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt, the legislation sets the legal age of marriage at 18 and eliminates the existing requirement that couples who want to marry must first submit to a medical exam. 4, 2014, the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation legalizing same-sex marriage.
In addition to allowing same-sex couples to wed, the measure gives churches and other religious groups the option of deciding whether or not they want to conduct such marriages.
In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not. 7, 2017, the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally wed.
The 393-226 vote in the nation’s Bundestag (or Parliament) came just days after Chancellor Angela Merkel surprised many by saying that members of her ruling Christian Democratic Union should be able to vote their conscience on the issue even though the party formally opposes same-sex marriage.France (2013) On May 18, French President Francois Hollande signed into law a measure legalizing same-sex marriage, making France the 14th country to grant gays and lesbians the right to wed.Although the bill had passed the National Assembly and the Senate in April, Hollande’s signature had to wait until a court challenge brought by the conservative opposition party, the UMP, was resolved.On May 17, France’s highest court, the Constitutional Council, ruled that the bill was constitutional.In May 2012, Hollande was elected and his Socialist Party won majorities in both houses of France’s legislature.