Marriages in BelgiumIn 2017, 43 percent of people in Belgium said marriage was their dream, while 31 percent of people believed marriage was a piece of paper. Regardless of feelings about marriage, Belgium's townhalls registered over 44,000 marriages in that year, of which over 1,100 were same-sex unions. As a comparison, 1,400 same-sex marriages were registered in the Netherlands in 2019. However, Belgian courts also pronounced 393 same-sex divorces in 2018.
LGBTQ+ rights in BelgiumPrior 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 LGBTQ+. 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 2020, about 1,300 discrimination cases were registered by the federal police. The country’s progress for LGBTQ+ rights is far from being a worldwide case. In 2020, LGBTQ+ people still face the death penalty or imprisonment in certain countries.