The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, but homosexual couples still face obstacles when they wish to have children. Just 20 percent of Dutch homosexual couples are married, compared with 80 percent of heterosexual couples, fresh figures by Statistics Netherlands show. Since 1 April , when the Netherlands became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, some 15, gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot. That is two percent of all marriages celebrated in Holland, and just 20 percent of the 55, same-sex couples the country numbers.
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The Netherlands is known for its liberal policies on personal matters such as sexual orientation. The public widely supports LGBT people and provides tolerance and equal rights,  although conservative Christians and Muslim immigrants tend to be more conservative in their beliefs about gender and sexual norms. Sodomy was a capital crime and a crackdown on sodomy was started in , during which hundreds of people were executed for homosexuality. Homosexual relations between consenting adults in private were first legalized in when France invaded and installed the Napoleonic Code.
In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States.
Same-sex marriage in the Netherlands has been legal since 1 April The law took effect on 1 April, which made the Netherlands the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Unregistered partnerships or informal cohabitation samenwonen occurs when a same-sex or opposite-sex couple cohabits but chooses to keep the legal status of their relationship unregistered or informal.