Same-sex marriage is legal in all parts of the United Kingdom. As marriage is a devolved legislative matter , different parts of the UK legalised same-sex marriage at different times; it has been recognised and performed in England and Wales since March , in Scotland since December , and in Northern Ireland since January Same-sex marriage is legal in nine of the fourteen British Overseas Territories. Civil partnerships were legalised in the Cayman Islands on 4 September Same-sex marriage is legal in the Crown dependencies. It has been recognised and performed in the Isle of Man since 22 July , in Jersey since 1 July , and in the Bailiwick of Guernsey at different times: in the jurisdiction of Guernsey since 2 May , in Alderney since 14 June , and in Sark since 23 April
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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.
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In our ongoing cultural conversation about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, we will continue to have friends and family members who will be asking us questions like these. Unfortunately, many Christians today lack the ability to clearly articulate their views on marriage. We often find it difficult to respond to questions or arguments made by those who disagree with us.
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