MONDAY
April 2, 2001
volume 12, no. 92

Same-Sex "Marriages" Begin in Netherlands



    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, APR. 1, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Four homosexual couples exchanged rings and vows at Amsterdam's City Hall just after midnight, when the law legalizing same-sex "marriages" took effect.

    The couples are the first of hundreds waiting to enjoy wedded status under the world's first laws allowing same-sex marriages. The Dutch law was enacted after more than 15 years of campaigning to award homosexual couples equal rights under civil law.

    Minutes after the law took effect, Amsterdam's mayor officiated at the ceremonies of three male couples and a lesbian couple.

    Homosexual couples under the new laws are able to apply for court approval to adopt Dutch children. Only Dutch nationals or resident foreigners living with a Dutch partner are eligible for the same-sex marriages. ZE01040122


April 2, 2001
volume 12, no. 92
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