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In December , the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage when the Dutch parliament passed, by a three-to-one margin, a landmark bill allowing the practice. The Human Rights Campaign , the largest LGBT rights organization in the United States, states that "many same-sex couples want the right to legally marry because they are in love — many, in fact, have spent the last 10, 20 or 50 years with that person — and they want to honor their relationship in the greatest way our society has to offer, by making a public commitment to stand together in good times and bad, through all the joys and challenges family life brings.
Public support for same-sex marriage recently was at a record high, according to a survey conducted in early May by the Pew Research Center.
- November 4, - Voters in California approve Proposition 8, which will amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
- Besides Ecuador and Costa Rica, lawsuits regarding same-sex marriage have been filed in Honduras,  Panama,  Paraguay to recognize marriages performed abroad ,  and Peru,  all of which are under the jurisdiction of the IACHR.
- Windsor , leading to federal recognition of same-sex marriage, with federal benefits for married couples connected to either the state of residence or the state in which the marriage was solemnized.
- Hide Caption. The introduction of same-sex marriage also called marriage equality 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.
In June , the UK Government completed the consultation to allow civil marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales. March 14, - A federal preliminary injunction is ordered against Tennessee's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states.
In , Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo introduced legislation that prohibits same-sex marriages and criminalizes anyone who "performs, witnesses, aids or abets" such ceremonies. On May 5, Bermuda legalized gay marriage. Before the ruling, 36 states and the District of Columbia had legalized same-sex marriage.
A consistent trend of increasing support for same-sex marriage has been revealed across the world, often driven in large part by a significant generational gap in support.