News of: Wednesday, February 14 2007,

Amsterdam mayor unveils plaque about first gay marriage

Mayor Job Cohen unveiled a plaque today in the City Hall, to commemorate the first gay marriage.

The first gay marriage in the Netherlands took place on April 1, 2001 in Amsterdam.
Mr Cohen noted that he was unhappy with the new policy by the new government regarding gay issues. Under the influence of the Christian Union, one of the coalition partners, the government will make it possible for civil servants to refuse closing a same-sex marriage if this is against their conscience.
The mayor said all civil servants should follow the law. The City Council will probably carry a motion saying the same, as it is supported by all main parties.