Same-sex marriage facts for kids

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Major Alan G. Roger at Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony
A same-sex wedding ceremony in June 2006

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is a term for a relationship in which two people of the same sex live together as a family in a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized marriage. It is sometimes called marriage equality, especially by supporters.

Current status

Marriage by the civil law is presently available to same-sex couples at any place in some countries. The countries that have them are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark (including Greenland), Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay. The Netherlands was the first country to allow marriages of two people of the same sex in 2001.

Same-sex marriage became legal everywhere in the United States in 2015. The Supreme Court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry was unconstitutional. In Mexico, same-sex marriages are practised in Mexico City and 12 states, but recognised throughout Mexico.

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