As more Member States of the European Union embrace the freedom of the same-sex marriage, it worth to take a look at the countries, where gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals can marry.
Fifteen countries have laws in force allowing the legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Additionally, in Austria and Malta, LGBT marriages will be permitted from 1 January 2019.
- The Netherlands was the first to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001.
- Neighbouring Belgium followed suit in 2003.
- Noway became the first Nordic country to approve LGBT marriages in 2009. In the same year, Sweden also lets gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexual people to marry in civil and even religious ceremonies.
- Iceland became the first country in the world to have an openly lesbian head of state, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and accept the marriage of same-sex couples in 2010. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Portugal also since 2010.
Portugal`s Golden Visa Program is a straightforward and affordable residency through investment program. The new residents can marry their partner without any hassle, even during the immigration process or spouses may join the main applicant through a family reunification process.
- Denmark was the first country to legalise the registration of same-sex civil unions in 1989. The EU Member State approved their right to wed 23 years later, in 2012.
- France approved the right of the LGBT couples to become husband and wife in a legal ceremony in 2013.
- In 2014, the UK allowed gay marriage, but it is still not applying to Northern Ireland.
- However, one year later, in 2015, Ireland approved the same-sex marriage by popular vote. Luxembourg also legalised in the same year.
- In 2017, Finland voted in favour and Germany also introduced the right of gay marriage.
- Malta and Austria also approved same-sex marriage, but in both countries, the law will enter into force from 1 January 2019.
Malta offers citizenship and residency by investment programs for investors and entrepreneurs. These schemes are simple and straightforward solutions to move in the European Union and live free.
The applicants for the Maltese resident permits, the Mediterranean island nation offers solutions in exchange for real estate investment or annual flat tax. The resident status provides tax incentives as well, for example, income from foreign sources is tax exempt. (http://220.127.116.11/residence/malta-residence-and-visa-programme/)