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.
in case of artificial insemination by lesbian couples), would both female spouses obtain parental authority automatically (article 3sa).
In December 2013, the Dutch Parliament changed this and allowed automatic parenthood for lesbian couples.
The Balkenende Government claimed that this issue lay solely within the remit of the central Government.
They said it will lead to practical and legal problems and could even be dangerous to some participants.After the Dutch Parliament legalized same-sex marriage, the Protestant Church in the Netherlands permitted individual congregations to decide whether or not to bless such relationships as a union of love and faith before God, and in practice many churches now conduct such ceremonies.Local governments are obliged to perform civil same-sex marriages, and they can require their personnel to conduct marriages for same-sex couples.All territories of the Kingdom of the Netherlands register same-sex marriages performed in the Netherlands proper as a result of a Dutch Supreme Court ruling.The Supreme Court ruled that all vital records recorded in the Kingdom of the Netherlands were valid throughout the Kingdom; this was based on its interpretation of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.