This gave same-sex couples in Belgium the right to marry -- which granted them the tax rights that heterosexual couples already enjoyed -- and also officially recognized the status of same-sex couples who married in other countries. Recognition of same-sex unions in India. On 26 MayGreenlandone of two other constituent countries in the Realm of Denmarkunanimously passed a law legalising same-sex marriage. Portugal had passed a measure legalizing same-sex marriage in February ofbut Portugal's former president, Anibal Cavaco Silva, asked the Constitutional Court to review the measure. December 19, - The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously rules to allow same-sex marriage statewide and orders county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples.
It was signed by Silva in May of that year and took effect one month later.
On 12 Junethe Governor of Chihuahua announced that his administration would no longer oppose same-sex marriages in the state. November 6, - Voters in Maryland, Washington and Maine pass referendums legalizing same-sex marriage. In Mozambique decriminalized same-sex relations. Who is loosening policy?
Opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage often comes from religious organizations who claim that it destroys the sanctity of marriage.