[JURIST] The Parliament of Greenland [official website] voted Wednesday to enact laws that will legalize same-sex marriage and allow for same-sex couples to participate in adoption. The new marriage law, which passed with unanimous support, reforms previous legislation enacted in 1989 that allowed [LifeSiteNews report] for same-sex “civil partnerships.” The new Greenland laws are expected to go into effect in October.
Same-sex couples have varied marriage rights throughout the world. Last week Ireland became the first country to legalize [JURIST report] same-sex marriage by national referendum. In January the US Supreme Court agreed to rule on same-sex marriage, granting certiorari in four separate cases, and heard arguments [JURIST reports] on one case in late April. A decision is expected by the end of June. In August Ugandan Attorney General Peter Nyomb filed [JURIST report] an appeal against the constitutional court ruling that struck down the nation’s anti-homosexuality law. Last January the Nigerian president signed [JURIST report] the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law, banning same-sex marriage and criminalizing same-sex relationships. Similar laws exist in Singapore and Jamaica [JURIST reports].