At the turn of the millennium the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriagegiving same-sex couples the right to marry, divorce and adopt children. The court decided on the basis of a vote that, though the constitution does not legalize same sex marriages, it also does not oppose it.
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It prohibits homosexuals from adopting children, for example, and refers to the sanctioned relationships as "registered partnerships" rather than marriages. Washington Blade.
Siwa Past and Present. Retrieved 9 April A long and taxing national debate preceded the decision, with the Senate finally voting 33 to 27 in favor of the law. Danish law prohibites discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, among other categories. While recent polls show that a majority of French adults support the law, opposition to the change has been intense.