With the adoption of gender-neutral terminology in amendments to the country's Marriage Act, Malta also granted adoption rights to same-sex couples. Before the ruling, 36 states and the District of Columbia had legalized same-sex marriage. If the amendment passes the committee stage, it will then be voted on at the plenary session of the Legislative Yuan in December 20, - The Vermont Supreme Court rules that gay and lesbian couples should be given the same rights as heterosexual couples. After this decision, the Protestant Church of the country permitted its individual congregations to make their own decisions on whether or not to provide their respective services for such marriages.
Voters in Arizona and Florida also approve similar amendments to their state constitutions.
Same-sex marriage also known as gay marriage is the marriage of two persons of the same sex or genderentered into in a civil or religious ceremony. Germany gave full marital rights to homosexual couples in a vote that Chancellor Angela Merkel vited against. On 12 Marchthe European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution encouraging EU institutions and member states to "[reflect] on the recognition of same-sex marriage or same-sex civil union as a political, social and human and civil rights issue".
Prior to the same-sex marriage law, a number of local jurisdictions, including the nation's capital, Buenos Aires, had enacted laws allowing gays and lesbians to enter into civil unions.