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Equality for Same-Sex CouplesThe Legal Recognition of Gay Partnerships in Europe and the United States$
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Yuval Merin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226520315

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.001.0001

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Same-Sex Partnerships in the Netherlands

Same-Sex Partnerships in the Netherlands

(p.111) Chapter 4 Same-Sex Partnerships in the Netherlands
Equality for Same-Sex Couples
University of Chicago Press

The Netherlands, which is the first and thus far the only country in the world to recognize same-sex marriage, has been concurrently considering and implementing three different models of recognition of same-sex partnerships: First, the Netherlands has equalized the status of same-sex cohabitants with that of opposite-sex cohabitants and accorded to both many of the rights that flow from marriage; second, following the example of its Scandinavian neighbors, it has adopted a Registered Partnership Act based on the Nordic model; and third, a proposal to extend Dutch marriage law to include same-sex couples and a bill on adoption by persons of the same sex have been debated in the Netherlands since 1996, and have finally become law, effective April 1, 2001. With the adoption of the two bills, the Netherlands became the only country to accord same-sex couples full equality with opposite-sex married couples. This chapter addresses these four matters: cohabitation, registered partnership, adoption by same-sex couples, and the opening up of marriage to same-sex couples.

Keywords:   same-sex partnership, Netherlands, same-sex marriage, cohabitation, registered partnership, same-sex couples

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