Ivan Larsen and Ove Carlsen had their civil union three decades ago. Same-sex marriage is today allowed in 28 countries across the world, including Argentina, even though homosexuality remains illegal in some parts of the world. Thirty years after Denmark became the first country to allow same-sex couples to register in legal unions, the world has become more accepting. But in , it was a trailblazing move. Ivan had met his partner, psychologist Ove Carlsen, three and a half years earlier.
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People fighting for same-sex marriage rights around the world have seen global support increase in recent years. Australia, Malta, and Germany legalized same-sex marriage in , and Taiwan made history last month , becoming the first government in Asia to welcome legislation on marriage equality. Ecuador is the latest nation to join the fold, as the country's highest court on Wednesday voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage after a long legal battle with same-sex couples and advocates. The court has instructed the government to pass legislation ensuring equal treatment for all citizens who wish to marry. The legislation gave same-sex couples the right to marry, divorce, and adopt children.
Same-sex marriage , the practice of marriage between two men or between two women. Although same-sex marriage has been regulated through law, religion, and custom in most countries of the world, the legal and social responses have ranged from celebration on the one hand to criminalization on the other. Some scholars, most notably the Yale professor and historian John Boswell —94 , have argued that same-sex unions were recognized by the Roman Catholic Church in medieval Europe, although others have disputed this claim. Scholars and the general public became increasingly interested in the issue during the late 20th century, a period when attitudes toward homosexuality and laws regulating homosexual behaviour were liberalized, particularly in western Europe and the United States. The issue of same-sex marriage frequently sparked emotional and political clashes between supporters and opponents.
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