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.
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Somewhere in the courtroom, his partner sat silently watching, hoping to go unnoticed. His family and co-workers do not know he is gay, and he hopes — at least for now — to keep it that way, fearing discrimination in his workplace. In many ways, there has been dramatic change.
The Bermudian who launched the legal fight for marriage equality four years ago said he was optimistic about how it would end — and about the future for gay people on the island. You have just got to find it. Mr Godwin and then fiance Greg DeRoche, a Canadian, launched a civil lawsuit claiming discrimination by the Government in after the Registrar-General refused to post their marriage banns. They won a landmark Supreme Court ruling in May that year and paved the way for same-sex couples to marry. The Government did not appeal the ruling, but instead passed a law that introduced domestic partnerships for gay and straight couples, which included a clause designed to outlaw same-sex marriage.