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The Story of Same-sex Marriage

After a year of big wins in 2017, with Australia, Malta, Germany and Bermuda all legalising same-sex marriage, 2018 started of with a major moment. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in January that Latin American governments have to allow same-sex marriages in their countries. The court decision sets a binding precedent in Barbados, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Suriname.

From 2001 to today, we chart the story of same-sex marriage legislation across the globe.

In May, the Church of Scotland voted in favour of drafting a new church law allowing same-sex marriages. The new laws would give ministers the option of performing same-sex marriages. A fi nal vote is expected for 2021.

In June, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that EU member states should recognise same-sex marriages for the purpose of residency if at least one partner is an EU citizen. As a result, Slovakia announced that they will comply with this ruling, recognising gay marriages performed abroad, although the country itself does not have legislation for either same-sex marriage or civil partnership.

That same month, Bermuda took a wobbly step backwards, as a bill to ban same-sex marriage and establish domestic partnerships went into eff ect. Five days later the Supreme Court of Bermuda struck down the ban. A stay is implemented, allowing the Government time to respond and a hearing is scheduled for November 2018.

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In this month’s bumper celebration of wedded bliss, we talk to loved-up couples who enjoyed the biggest day of their lives in 2018 and get some insider info on organising the main event. Not content with bringing you all the news that matters, your favourite magazine’s history of matchmaking is revealed as we talk to couples who met through the pages of GCN. Alongside a one-stop directory of wedding day info, we have some handy etiquette tips for attendees and a history of the battle for same-sex marriage around the globe. We continue our series of interviews with LGBT+ asylum seekers in the Direct Provision system and author Darragh Martin speaks about his new book, Future Popes of Ireland. It’s a jam-packed October issue!