Number of same-sex marriages in Belgium 2014-2018

In 2018, Belgium’s town-halls have registered over a thousand same-sex marriages. Marriage between same-sex couples was legalized in the country on the first of June 2003. It is the second European country to do so after the Netherlands in 2001, and therefore, the second worldwide. Spain was the third European country to legalize these unions in 2005. Since then, many countries have legalized same-sex marriage. In 2019, same-sex marriage is available in 28 countries.

Marriages in Belgium

In 2017, 43 percent of people in Belgium felt marriage was a dream. Whilst 31 percent of people believed marriage was a piece of paper. Regardless of feelings about marriage, Belgium's town-halls registered over forty-four thousand marriages in that year. Of which over a thousand were same-sex unions. As a comparison, 1.500 same-sex marriages were registered in the Netherlands in 2018. However, Belgian courts also pronounced 329 same-sex divorces that same year.

LGBT rights in Belgium

Prior to same-sex marriage, gay couples could legally cohabit. This status exists for couples, although these rights do not equal those of marriage. Belgium is known for having some of European’s most progressive rights for LGBT. The country had openly gay politicians, like the prime minister Elio Di Rupo.

Belgium actualized its anti-discrimination in 2007. This law punishes crimes motivated by hate based on, among others, sex and sexual orientation. In 2018, over a thousand of such cases were registered by the federal police. The country’s progress for LGBT rights is far from being a worldwide case. In 2019, LGBT people still face the death penalty or imprisonment in certain countries.

Number of same-sex marriages in Belgium from 2014 to 2018*

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* In Belgium, same-sex marriage is possible since June 1, 2003. The national register does not count the same-sex marriages but the number of people that is part of that marriage. Uneven numbers are registered due to some partners not being inscribed in the national register.

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