United Kingdom. Civil unions have been permitted in Uruguay sinceand in gay and lesbian couples were given adoption rights. As of early"no such recognition has yet been documented. More than three years after a Supreme Court decision gave federal recognition to same-sex marriages performed in states that allowed them, the demographics of same-sex married couples largely remain a mystery.
New Zealand. Unregistered cohabitation. Joint adoption allowed 1. In Decemberthe Vienna Administrative Court dismissed a case challenging the same-sex marriage ban. On 28 Novemberthe first two same-sex marriages occurred in Quintana Roo after it was discovered that Quintana Roo's Civil Code did not explicitly prohibit same-sex marriage,  but these marriages were later annulled by the Governor of Quintana Roo in April Rosie Perper.
Processes of Legalization 20 countries have legalized same-sex marriage nationally through legislation. Main article: Recognition of same-sex unions in Estonia. The bill allows full legal marriage rights for same-sex couples and also offers limited adoption rights. In spite of vigorous opposition from the Catholic Church and evangelical Protestant churches, the measure passed both houses of the Argentine legislature and was signed into law by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
The law grants same-sex couples who marry all the rights and responsibilities enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children. On 11 February , the Congress of Coahuila approved adoptions by same-sex couples.