Same-sex marriage , also known as gay marriage , is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender , entered into in a civil or religious ceremony. There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century. In the modern era, marriage equality was first granted to same-sex couples in the Netherlands on 1 April As of January , same-sex marriage was legally performed and recognized in 29 countries nationwide or in some jurisdictions :. The introduction of same-sex marriage has varied by jurisdiction, and came about through legislative change to marriage law , court rulings based on constitutional guarantees of equality, recognition that it is allowed by existing marriage law,  or by direct popular vote via referendums and initiatives. The recognition of same-sex marriage is considered to be a human right and a civil right as well as a political, social, and religious issue.
A History of Same-Sex Weddings - Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage
Whether you are getting married, converting your civil partnership to same-sex marriage or holding a civil partnership ceremony we are confident you have found the perfect venue to host your whole ceremony or reception. Apart from the declaration of love for each other one of the best things about a same-sex wedding is that you can do away with traditional wedding roles and customs, and make the day truly your own. The Pier House is majestically perched on the clifftop with breathtaking views out over Bideford Bay and Lundy Island. Fusing chic and contemporary design with the hues of the surrounding ocean and pebble ridge, The Pier House offers a remarkable and stylish venue for any wedding ceremony or reception. We offer a bespoke wedding package cater for a minimum of 50 guests. Additional guests can be added to the package at a cost per head.
And we promise—these super stunning snapshots will hit you straight in the feels. A victory for love, same-sex weddings are currently legally recognized in 30 countries and territories. Getting married is undeniably one emotional and celebratory affair —but to be able to tie the knot with the love of your life after being denied the right to do so?