WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a landmark victory for gay rights, by striking down the California law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
This ruling forces authorities to recognize same-sex weddings in states where it is authorized already, though it stops short of forcing the remaining 30 states to legalize it.
So far, 12 of the 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia recognize gay marriage. Three of those dozen - Delaware, Minnesota and Rhode Island - legalized gay marriage this year.
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Last May, France celebrated its first gay wedding and became the 14th country to legalize gay marriage.
Where can gay couples get married today? Who were the first to tie the knot? Why are MPs singing in New Zealand? And yes, that's a Zulu gay wedding in South Africa...