“At precisely the same time it’s a minute to realize the battle isn’t yet over; not globally, not nationwide, but not in Amsterdam,” Mayor Femke Halsema told The Associated Press.
Since the historical occasion in Amsterdam 20 decades back, the same-sex union was made lawful in 28 countries worldwide, in addition to the self-governing island of Taiwan.
Gert Kasteel and Dolf Pasker were celebrating 20 decades of wedded life Thursday.
Wearing suits and bow ties, they had been wed in a ceremony headed by then-mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen at a marriage that made headlines across the world.
“it’s quite wonderful to return to determine how young we were,” explained Parker after seeing a video of their wedding the night before the anniversary.
Afterwards, the town was holding an internet symposium, and it designated a”rainbow wonder” route across 20 websites considered significant in the battle to get LGBTQ rights.
At the city of Utrecht, Mayor Sharon Dijksma officiated the union of Romy Schouten and Jeannette van Nus and stated the wedding service must be an example for many others.
“To all of the boys and girls that are sitting in your home and thinking,’ Perhaps I fall to individuals of the same gender but I dare not to mention it,’ the message is: You can be that you are,” Dijksma explained.
Sitting with his spouse at a desk in their backyard in a little town near Amsterdam on a warm spring day Wednesday, Pasker stated he’s happy that the trail they blazed was followed by several other states.
“Nearly 30 states followed the Netherlands so that is quite wonderful. Quite great for the homosexual people and society as a whole, I believe, since everybody in society must believe at home,” he explained.
However, COC, the nation’s biggest LGBTQ rights organization, also stated that work toward complete equality isn’t finished in the Netherlands two years following the first same-sex union.
LGBTQ individuals”still frequently face grief, discrimination and violence,” the company said in a statement.
Parker agrees, however, he said it hasn’t affected his union.
“Within our personal life it couldn’t be better,” he explained. “But we understand from newspaper, tv and folks we talk (to) there are still homophobic individuals and there’s an aggression to homosexual men and women. That is still an issue.”
However, since he counted down to his anniversary, he expected others might reside in the same married bliss.
“We want all homosexual folks in the world they may have a lifetime as we could live. It is very significant,” Parker explained.