A few months earlier, Mayor Cohen had been junior Minister of Justice of the Netherlands and was responsible for putting the new marriage and adoption laws through Parliament.Dutch law requires either partner must have Dutch nationality or have residency in the Netherlands.Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Justice minister Ard van der Steur addressed the issue in response to a question tabled in parliament by Gert-Jan Segers of the socially conservative Christian Union party, noting that, although 'undesirable', offering driving lessons with sex as payment is not illegal.
After the election of 1998, the Government promised to tackle the issue.
Although the Christian Democratic Appeal would form the next Government, they did not indicate any intention to repeal the law.
who became a registrar specifically to officiate at the weddings.
Despite the fact that there are supposed to be only 150 members in the House of Representatives and that 29 members of the CDA were elected in the 1998 general election, the database shows that there were 30 elected members of the party at the time of the vote.
Only the Christian parties, which held 26 of the 75 seats at the time, voted against the bill.