WODC (Research and Documentation Centre) report: marriage or registered partnership?

This research aimed to evaluate two important Dutch laws: the Same-Sex Marriage Act (Wet openstelling huwelijk) and the Registered Partnership Act (Wet geregistreerd partnerschap). After the introduction of the Same-Sex Marriage Act, the Minister of Justice promised in 2001 to commission an evaluation of this law, focusing specifically on the correlation between marriage and registered partnership. The research fulfilled this promise. How does the legislation function? Have the goals set by the legislation been reached? Have there been any problems? What role does registered partnership play alongside the marriage? These, and other questions, lie at the core of the evaluation of both laws.

For a Dutch summary of the report, please click here.