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Belgium Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Same-Sex Marriage with a Song for the First Dance

Still from the music video by Alice on the Roof

Belgian artist Alice on the Roof released a heartfelt song to celebrate the significant milestone of Belgium's 20th anniversary of same-sex marriage.

The song encapsulates the themes of love, unity, understanding, and acceptance. As part of the 'Embracing Openness' campaign, the song emphasizes that love wins in Belgium, including for same-sex couples.

Belgium has always been a pioneer in civil rights. In 2003, Belgium legalised same-sex marriage, a historic date that changed the lives of so many couples. Openness to diversity is part of the Belgian DNA, which is why the country has made progress in strengthening LGBTQIA+ rights ever since.

Today, Belgium celebrates this great milestone and looks forward to continuing the journey toward dignity and respect for all.

"There might be countless jokes about Belgians, but when it comes to love, we are anything but a punchline. On 20 January 2003, the Belgian parliament paved the way for same-sex marriage, etching an unforgettable moment into our history. The law came into force on 1 June 2003. Although I was merely 7 years old at the time, I, like everyone from my generation, have lived in a world where marriage for all is not up for debate - it is a joyous celebration, period," says Alice.