Twenty years ago on April 1, the city was host to a historic event when the mayor married four couples in the city hall and the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legally recognise same-sex marriage. The celebrations on Thursday mark a milestone after two decades when LGBT rights have flourished in many parts of Europe and further afield, with 16 countries in western Europe having now legalised same-sex marriage. The rights that LGBT people are now entitled to in much of the world are still missing in some European countries, such as Russia, Poland, and Hungary. There, campaigners continue the fight for more equal treatment in the eyes of the law - and society.
Long way to go for gay rights in Europe
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Tweet RainbowEurope. There are reasons to be extremely worried that this situation will spread as political attention is immersed in the economic fall-out of COVID Read more on the media release dated May 14 In order to create our country ranking, ILGA-Europe examine the laws and policies in 49 countries using a set of 69 criteria — divided between six thematic categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.
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Sixteen out of the 28 countries that have legalised same-sex marriage worldwide are situated in Europe. A further thirteen European countries have legalised civil unions or other forms of more limited recognition for same-sex couples. Several European countries do not recognise any form of same-sex unions. Of these, however, Armenia recognises same-sex marriages performed abroad,  and Croatia, Hungary and Montenegro recognise same-sex partnerships. Eastern Europe is seen as having fewer legal rights and protections, worse living conditions, and less supportive public opinion for LGBT people than that in Western Europe.