The first two decades of the 21st century saw same-sex marriage receive support from prominent figures in the civil rights movementincluding Coretta Scott KingJohn LewisJulian Bondand Mildred Loving. Degree of recognition unknown.
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.
Article 24 of the Japanese Constitution states that "Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis.
In SeptemberPresident Bachelet stated before a United Nations General Assembly panel that the Chilean Government would submit a same-sex marriage bill to Congress in the first half of Civil rights campaigning in support of marriage without distinction as to sex or same sex marriage articles tagalog jokes in Newfoundland and Labrador orientation began in the s.
Civil union. The marriage was celebrated in both Greece and Rome in extravagant public ceremonies. In the Dutch Caribbean special municipalities of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Sabamarriage is open to same-sex couples. The analysis was published in July On 7 Junethe Folketing Danish Parliament approved new laws regarding same-sex civil and religious marriage.
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In FebruaryBermuda passed the Domestic Partnership Actrevoking same-sex marriage, which had been legalised by a May Supreme Court ruling. The Portuguese President promulgated the law on 8 April and the law was effective on 5 Junemaking Portugal the eighth country to legalize nationwide same-sex marriage; however, adoption was still denied for same-sex couples.
In Decemberthe Prime Minister, David Cameronannounced that, whilst he favoured allowing same-sex marriage within a religious context, provision would be made guaranteeing no religious institution would be required to perform such ceremonies.
Civil unions and registered partnerships.
Connecticut 12 November. A bill was raised in the Knesset Israeli Parliament to rescind the High Court's ruling, but the Knesset did not advance the bill. Same-sex marriage is not explicitly prohibited under Indian law and at least one couple has had their marriage recognised by the courts.
On 22 May , Ireland held a referendum.