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Gay marriage around the world

Gay marriage, authorized on Tuesday by Austria’s top court by 2019 at the latest, is now recognized in more than 20 countries, of which 16 are in Europe. Here is a breakdown. European pioneers In April 2001 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in a civil ceremony. Fifteen European countries have followed: Belgium, Britain (but not Northern Ireland), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway,…