Federal Register of Legislation. On 10 Februarythe Constitutional Court of Costa Rica announced it would hear a case seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in Costa Rica and declare the country's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. This ruling made Colombia the first South American nation to legally recognize same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage in Sweden. In Maythe Ecuador Supreme Court ruled, in a lesbian parenting case, that the IACHR ruling is fully binding on Ecuador and that the country must also implement the ruling in due course.
Since 1 Januarysame-sex couples have been allowed to enter registered partnerships Eingetragene Partnerschaft.
Recognition of same-sex unions in Europe
The Northern Ireland Executive has stated that it does not intend to introduce legislation allowing for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Ina pair of economists at Emory University tied the passage of state bans on same-sex marriage in the United States to an increase in the rates of HIV infection. Retrieved 5 March Under French law . He argued that same-sex marriage was not recognized even in many Western countries, which are considered much more liberal in social issues than China.