Marriage is valid worldwide
Limited or partial recognitionArmenia7 – Bulgaria8 – Cambodia: 68 communes – China9 – Slovakia8 – India:10 Chandigarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Odisha, Punjab, Uttarakhand – Israel6 – Japan11 – Latvia8 – Lithuania8 – Nepal12 – Netherlands:2 Curaçao, Sint Maarten – Poland8
In the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, the Scottish National Party won an absolute majority, and fulfilled its election promise by initiating a popular consultation process on the possibility of allowing same-sex marriage in the country on September 3, 2011. The Scottish Episcopal Church is a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
The Scottish Episcopal Church approved at its June 2017 synod the celebration of same-sex marriages within its community, thus becoming the first British church in the Anglican tradition to celebrate weddings to same-sex couples. Similarly, some British Reformed Jewish communities celebrated weddings to Jewish same-sex couples as of 2012. The Scottish Episcopal Church has also been celebrating same-sex marriages since 2012.
In addition to the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), the three crown dependencies and 14 British overseas territories are under British sovereignty. Each is independent in most domestic matters, including marriage legislation.
On the date of entry into force of the Agreement, the terms of office of all members of the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union who were appointed, nominated, appointed or elected by reason of the United Kingdom’s membership of the Union terminate automatically as a consequence of the withdrawal.
The European Parliament should be immediately and fully informed, in accordance with Article 218(10) TFEU, on the basis of practical arrangements for cooperation enabling it to exercise its prerogatives in full in accordance with the Treaties.
When the Union must act to give effect to the provisions of the Agreement, its action must be in conformity with the provisions of the Treaties, while respecting the limits of the powers conferred on each institution. It is therefore for the Commission to provide the United Kingdom with the information or notifications required by the Agreement, except in cases where the Agreement refers to other institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union, to consult the United Kingdom on specific matters and to invite representatives of the United Kingdom to attend international consultation or negotiation meetings as part of the Union delegation. It is also for the Commission to represent the Union before the arbitration panel when a dispute has been referred to arbitration in accordance with Article 170 of the Agreement. In compliance with the duty of sincere cooperation referred to in Article 4(3) TEU, the Commission must consult the Council beforehand, for example by sending it the main lines of the contributions that the Union intends to submit to the arbitration panel and taking into account the comments made by the Council. For the same reason, it should be incumbent on the Commission to reach agreement with the United Kingdom on administrative arrangements, such as those referred to in Article 134 of the Agreement.
Marriage between people of different nationalities
Cuba, faced with the rejection of a part of the population and of the Catholic and Evangelical churches, renounced to include gay marriage in its new Constitution approved in 2019. A few months ago, a commission was created on the island to draft a new Family Code, which should include gay marriage before being put to a vote in the National Assembly and then in a national referendum.
In Japan, where same-sex marriage is still banned, the Sapporo District Court (north) ruled in March 2021 that the non-recognition of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, an unprecedented move.
European residence by marriage
Find out which national legislation applies to your wedding and your matrimonial property regime as this will have important consequences for your rights and obligations as a spouse.
If you are getting married in an EU country other than the one in which you live, check with the administrations of both countries about the formalities required for your marriage to be valid and effective in both countries. There may be registration or publication requirements.
If you get married in an EU country that is not your country of origin, it is advisable to register the marriage in your country of residence. For this you must take into account the national rules of the country of residence. You can also ask the consulate of the country of residence if you can register the marriage at the consulate or if you have to do it in the country of residence.