Retrieved 8 November District Court for the District of Colorado ruling in Burns v. The highest share of gay male same-sex filers are in major cities, while lesbian couples are more concentrated in smaller cities and towns. Retrieved 16 February Since the beginning ofseveral anti-gay marriage protests with occasionally volatile crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands have taken place in Paris and elsewhere. Archived from the original on 7 April Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States has shifted rapidly since polling of the American people regarding the issue first began on an occasional basis in the s and a regular basis in the s, with support having consistently risen while opposition has continually fallen.
The long-dominant Christian Democratic Party, traditionally allied with the Catholic Church, was out of power when the parliament passed the measure.
Same-sex marriage in the United States
The introduction of same-sex marriage also called marriage equality has varied by jurisdiction, and came about through legislative change to marriage lawcourt rulings based on constitutional guarantees of equality, recognition that it is allowed by existing marriage law,  or by direct popular vote via referendums and initiatives. South Africa became the fifth country, the first in Africa, and the second outside Europe, to legalize same-sex marriage. Retrieved 10 July One same-sex couple obtained a marriage licensed and married before initial ruling was stayed. Retrieved September 4,
Same-sex marriage was introduced in Iceland through legislation establishing a gender-neutral definition of marriage introduced by the Coalition Government of the Social Democratic Alliance and Left-Green Movement. Retrieved March 31, Of the three Crown dependenciessame-sex marriage has been legal in the Isle of Man since 22 July and in Guernsey and Alderney since 2 May and 14 Junerespectively. One same-sex couple obtained a marriage licensed and married before initial ruling was stayed. Same-sex marriage legality complicated. District Court for the District of Colorado ruling in Burns v. Neutral; Don't know; No answer; Other; Refused.