Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender LGBT rights in the Netherlands have been some of the most progressive in the world. An age of consent equal with that of heterosexual activity was put in place in During the late 20th century, awareness surrounding homosexuality grew and society became more tolerant of homosexuals, eventually leading to its declassification as a mental illness in and a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military. The Equal Rights Law , enacted in , bans discrimination on sexual orientation on the grounds of employment, housing, public accommodations, and more. After the country began granting same-sex couples domestic partnership s benefits in , the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in Same-sex joint and stepchild adoption are also permitted. Lesbian couples can get access to IVF as well.
Dutch population supported allowing same-sex couples to marry supported same-sex marriage, 10% were opposed and 4% didn't. Location of the Netherlands (dark green). – in Europe – in the European Union ( light green) During that day, Job Cohen, the Mayor of Amsterdam, married four same-sex couples after becoming a registrar specifically to officiate weddings.
Same-sex marriage in the Netherlands has been legal since 1 April
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The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Netherlands has reflected the shades of tolerance or rigidity which were utilized by the rulers of the country at various periods in its history. Lot and his Daughters by Lucas van Leyden. Engaging in sodomy was a public offence in the Dutch Republic from until , when the Napoleonic Code which decriminalised homosexuality was first put into place, following French annexation. Heterosexuals who engaged in sodomy, or zoophiles engaging in bestiality, were generally not prosecuted under this legislation.