Thus, same-sex couples have been allowed to marry since 1 January Neither performed nor recognized in Niue, Tokelau or the Cook Islands Neither performed nor recognized in Northern Irelandthe dependency of Sark or the five Caribbean overseas territories. What about civil partnerships? InNigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo introduced legislation that prohibits same-sex marriages and criminalizes anyone who "performs, witnesses, aids or abets" such ceremonies. On 22 MayIreland held a referendum.
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In contrast, a civil rights view holds that the institution can be validly created through the ruling of an impartial judiciary carefully examining the questioning and finding that the right to marry regardless of the gender of the participants is guaranteed under the civil rights laws of the jurisdiction. The Associated Press warns that the construct gay marriage can imply that the marriages of same-sex couples are somehow different from the marriages of opposite-sex couples. Celebrations erupted across the country after the landmark ruling.
Same-sex marriage was introduced in Iceland through legislation establishing a gender-neutral definition of marriage introduced by the Coalition Government of the Social Democratic Alliance and Left-Green Movement.