“Marriage as an institution has been around for much of recorded history, but it’s only been within the past few decades that governments have started to extend equal access and rights to marriage for same-sex couples. The Netherlands was officially the first country to recognize marriage equality at the national level in the year 2001. Additional countries in Europe later followed suit including Belgium and Spain as the second and third countries. As of the publication of this article, 29 countries recognize same-sex marriage around the globe. In addition to these 29, there are some countries that also offer partial recognition in various forms…”

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