Learning From 9 Years of Gay Marriage in The Netherlands

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The first gay couple married in the Netherlands looks at a plaque unveiled by Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen on 14 February 2007, commemorating the first same-sex marriage in Amsterdam, performed in 2001. (ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty)

The marriage of same-sex couples is on hold again in California while the Ninth Circuit Court prepares to hear an appeal by the backers of Prop 8. Those who supported the ballot initiative, which led to the banning of same-sex unions in the state, are challenging a judge's recent decision that found the ban unconstitutional. 

The United States is not the first country to discuss these issues, and other countries have experience we might be able to learn from when considering same-sex unions. Back in 2001, The Netherlands became the first country to legalize gay marriage. We speak with an author who traveled there to document how marriage affected Dutch gay couples and wider Dutch society.

M.V. Lee Badgett, the author of "When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage" reported on the effects of gay marraige in The Netherland. Badgett is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the research director of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, at UCLA School of Law.


Lee Badgett

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross

Comments [4]

Norman Reindl

Badgett does not understand that the "sky doen't have to fall" to prove that sodomy, the tie that binds homosexual relationships,being the major source of HIV/AIDS is proof enough.

Jan. 07 2013 12:04 PM

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Aug. 19 2010 12:02 PM

it will be interesting because, as it was the first nation to legalize gay marriage, it will offer insight on how the nation has changed in that regard. How it's affected marriage in general, the views on gays compared to then and now, it's effect on children in gay relationships... people against gay marriage say that we 'shouldn't allow such an untested social experiment'. Hardly untested, since the Netherlands have had it for nearly a decade and we can now see, first hand, what kind of effects we can expect.

Aug. 18 2010 03:09 PM
Christopher Daly from miami

Dear "Takeaway."

I thought I would share this email I sent recently to Jeff Pearlman in response to an article I read on Bing regaarding Jeff Bowers outburst toward a gay umpire. The issue of gay marriage obviously relates to the issue of second class citzenship for gay and lesbian couples. This second class citzenship emerges in amny ways besides the limitation of marriage to heterosexuals. Here is another example of prejudice against gays as well as the manner in which anti-gay language and reflexes find their way into even the most liberal-minded of us - such as myself.

Here it is.

Dear Mr. Pearlman,

I feel I need to respond to this. I think it is because it is a sports story about homosexuality, ergo, I remain manly while addressing the subject.

But to raise the issue in a much more serious and socially significant way, I recently went to give blood in Florida and was turned away because I answered yes to the one question out of a few dozen regarding homosexual contact. The question is, "Have you had any homosexual contact since the year 1977." Actually, I gave blood at this very same blood mobile at the very same location a few months previously and had answered the question with a "No." But the second time I answered with a yes because I thought, "Why lie?" In other words, a person such as myself who is not a practicing homosexual and has had a handful of sexual experiences with men is excluded from contributing to the public weal through donating my blood even though I have been tested for HIV/AIDS and other blood borne diseases. In fact, my homosexual tryst was more than 15 years ago. A fortiori, all gay men and lesbian women are excluded from participating in this life-giving act of donating blood. I would say that this is a rather alienating policy and unnecessary as all the blood taken is tested for disease especially HIV/AIDS. I wonder why I never heard anything about this in the press prior to going to give blood. Moreover, I have given blood in other states and not had to answer such a question.

I hope you find all of this fascinating and disturbing.


Christopher J. Daly

Aug. 18 2010 09:57 AM

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