Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender LGBT rights in France have been among some of the most advanced in the world. However, a lesser-known indecent exposure law that often targeted LGBT people was introduced in before being repealed twenty years later. After granting same-sex couples domestic partnership benefits known as the civil solidarity pact , France became the thirteenth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in Laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity were enacted in and , respectively. In , France became the first country in the world to declassify transgenderism as a mental illness.
The 29 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is legal
States across U.S. still cling to outdated gay marriage bans
In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States.
Same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom
The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, but homosexual couples still face obstacles when they wish to have children. Just 20 percent of Dutch homosexual couples are married, compared with 80 percent of heterosexual couples, fresh figures by Statistics Netherlands show. Since 1 April , when the Netherlands became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, some 15, gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot. That is two percent of all marriages celebrated in Holland, and just 20 percent of the 55, same-sex couples the country numbers.
Ireland has voted by a huge majority to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in the world to do so by popular vote in a move hailed as a social revolution and welcomed around the world. The result means that a republic once dominated by the Catholic church ignored the instructions of its cardinals and bishops. Out of an electorate of more than 3 million, 1,, backed gay marriage, while , voters said No. The result prompted a massive street party around the gay district of central Dublin close to the national count centre.