Over 100 gay weddings in Belgium since June
November 7, 2003
BRUSSELS — At least 139 gay couples have tied the knot in Belgium since the
start of June when the country passed legislation allowing same-sex
marriages, a homosexual group said Thursday.
The figure for Belgium, which became only the second European
country to allow gay marriage after the Netherlands, was based on
registered weddings up to September in six Belgian cities, said
Flemish gay and lesbian group Holebi.
The country's second city and Flanders capital Antwerp tops the
gay wedding league with 64 celebrations, ahead of Ghent on 32,
Brugges and Liege on 15, Brussels on 11 and Charleroi on two. About
two-thirds of the couples were men.
Over the period, the gay unions represented some 4.7 percent of
the weddings carried out in the six cities, it said.
Gay couples now enjoy most of the same rights as heterosexual
married partners, apart from those related to adoption -- meaning
that in a lesbian couple the biological mother would remain legally
a single parent. –Sapa-AFP
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