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Apr. 1, 2001 – Netherlands Becomes World’s First Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

“A Dutch law now allows same sex marriages, and today four couples became the world’s first homosexuals to legally wed…

Holland, long among the gay rights vanguard, enacted a bill last year converting the countries registered same-sex partnerships into full-fledged marriages.

Same-sex couples now have the same legal status as heterosexuals. They can divorce legally, claim pensions and other benefits, and adopt Dutch children. The couples are barred from adopting children overseas because of potential objections from countries that do not accept gay marriages.

Under the new legislation, all references to gender in laws governing matrimony and adoption will be deleted in favor of the neutral-gender term, partner.”