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Same-sex marriage is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex and/or gender identity. Legal recognition of same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality or equal marriage, particularly by supporters. The first laws in modern times recognizing same-sex marriage were enacted during the first decade of the 21st century. As of April 2013, eleven countries and several sub-national jurisdictions, allow same-sex couples to marry. In New Zealand, a law to legalize same-sex marriage has been enacted and will become law in August 2013. Uruguay's General Assembly passed a bill on 10 April 2013 to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and the president has announced his intention to sign it. French legislation to establish same-sex marriage has passed both houses of Parliament, but still faces procedural hurdles. Bills allowing legal recognition of same-sex marriage have been proposed, are pending, or have passed at least one legislative house in Andorra, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Nepal, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, as well as in the legislatures of several sub-national jurisdictions. (via Freebase)