Finland becomes the last of the five Nordic countries to legalize same-sex marriage, joining Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Notes Performed in 17 states and Mexico Cityand recognized by all states in such cases Performed in the Netherlands proper, including the Caribbean Netherlands. On 14 Maythe Justice's National Council of Brazil issued a ruling requiring all civil registers of the country to perform same-sex marriages by a 14—1 vote, thus legalizing same-sex marriage in the entire country. Register here. In Novemberthe Court of Bahia equalized marriage in the state of Bahia. Inthe High Court rejected a legal bid by a British lesbian couple who had married in Canada to have their union recognised as a marriage in the UK rather than a civil partnership.
The legislation, which went into effect in Decemberleft it up to churches to decide whether or not they would conduct the marriages.
After a motion lodged by Costa Rica, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a landmark advisory ruling in favour of same-sex marriage on 9 Januarywhich is expected to facilitate legalisation in several countries in the Americas. Same-sex marriage in Argentina. Same-sex marriage in Ecuador. Notes Performed in 17 states and Mexico Cityand recognized by all states in such cases Performed in the Netherlands proper, including the Caribbean Netherlands.
Gender-neutral marriage replaced Norway's previous system of registered partnerships for same-sex couples.