The Anniversaries

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Did you know that this year, in order for straight people to be able to have civil unions in Britain, that all civil unions in Britain will convert to a Marriage, with the date of the marriage coming into effect on the date that the civil union between 2 people was made. I only found this out on Saturday at a luncheon. Therefore Elton John and David Furnish celebrated their tenth WEDDING anniversary this year. Woo Hoo.

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THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY

The first country to offer full marriage benefits to homosexual couples, as enjoyed by the smiling bride and groom, was the liberal-minded Netherlands. This law came into effect on the very interesting date of 1 April 2001. {http://www.bbc.com/news/world-21321731} Four couples were married on that day by Job Cohen, the Mayor of Amsterdam, who told them: “There are two reasons to rejoice: You are celebrating your marriage and you are also celebrating your right to be married.” {http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gay-marriage-goes-dutch/}

By 2003, neighbouring Belgium had followed suit. In the United State there was a case going the courts called Goodridge v The Department of Public Health, originally brought by 7 same-sex couples in April 2001. {http://www.glad.org/work/cases/goodridge-et-al-v-dept-public-health/}

Last century there was advocacy for marriage equality in Hawaii and Vermont, which led only to civil unions in the latter. It would be Massachusetts, home the first white…

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