True to their campaign promises, Hollande and the Socialists have pushed through a law that not only legalizes same-sex marriage but also gives gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt children—a provision that has drawn especially strong criticism from French Catholic leaders. The Defense of Marriage Act , before being struck down by the Supreme Court in , was a law that gave the federal definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I believe that Thomas Jefferson said: Finland Same-sex marriage will become legal in Finland starting in In the s, he had supported same-sex marriage while campaigning for the Illinois Senate. Norway Since January , gay couples in Norway legally have been able to marry, adopt children and undergo artificial insemination. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies. The new measure passed by a margin of greater than five-to-one, with support coming from both the governing African National Congress as well as the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance. Argentina In July , Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry France On May 18, French President Francois Hollande signed into law a measure legalizing same-sex marriage, making France the 14th country to grant gays and lesbians the right to wed. The legislation gave same-sex couples the right to marry, divorce and adopt children. Lewin that declared that state's prohibition to be unconstitutional. Vermont in had become the first state to allow civil unions for gay couples. United States Eleven years after same-sex marriage was first made legal in Massachusetts, the U.