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Although the Christian Democratic Appeal would form the next government, they did not indicate any intention to repeal the law.

The main article in the Act changed article in the marriage law to read as follows: who became a registrar specifically to officiate at the weddings.

A few months earlier, Mayor Cohen had been junior Minister of Justice of the Netherlands and was responsible for putting the new marriage and adoption laws through parliament.

The marriageable age in the Netherlands is 18, or below 18 with parental consent.The law is only valid in the European territory of the Netherlands and on the Caribbean Islands of Bonaire, St.Eustatius and Saba, but does not apply to the other constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.Netherlands: · Netherlands proper New Zealand: · New Zealand proper Norway Portugal South Africa Spain Sweden United Kingdom: · England and Wales · Scotland · ASCN*, IM, PCRN United States: · United States proper · GU, MP, PR, VI · some tribal jurisdictions Uruguay As early as the mid-1980s, a group of gay rights activists, headed by Henk Krol – then editor-in-chief of the Gay Krant – asked the government to allow same sex couples to marry.Parliament decided in 1995 to create a special commission, which was to investigate the possibility of same-sex marriages.

At that moment, the Christian Democrats (Christian Democratic Appeal) were not part of the ruling coalition for the first time since the introduction of full democracy.

The special commission finished its work in 1997 and concluded that civil marriage should be extended to include same-sex couples.

After the election of 1998, the government promised to tackle the issue.

In September 2000 the final legislation draft was debated in the Dutch Parliament.

The marriage bill passed the House of Representatives by 109 votes to 33.

Only the Christian parties, which held 26 of the 75 seats at the time, voted against the bill.