But also on global U. Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg. Archived from the original on 31 October Estonia also allows civil unions, though popular support for same-sex marriage in the Baltic states is low. In addition to allowing same-sex couples to wed, the measure gave churches and other religious groups the option to decide whether or not they want to service same-sex marriages.
The new law allows for religious institutions and civil officers to refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, a provision that critics claim violates the rights of same-sex couples under the constitution.
Legal recognition of same-sex marriages in South Africa came about as a result of the Constitutional Court 's decision in the case of Minister of Home Affairs v Fourie. A measure legalizing same-sex marriage passed the Icelandic legislature in June The new constitution made Ecuador the first country in South America where same sex civil union couples are legally recognized as a family and share all the same rights of married heterosexual couples except for adoption. On Jan.
The following institutions have recognized same-sex relationships in some fashion, either as individual congregations or as a denomination-wide policy:.