Whereas earlier, gay and lesbian marriages were criticized and referred to as a product of the modern age, nowadays it has often been stated that homosexual marriages have always existed, even if they were not acknowledged by the society and the law, and the problem is how to find an optimal form for them in each particular society:Most efforts by major gay groups to address family and relationship issues have tried to expand the definition of a family through piecemeal legislation and litigation, and through so-called domestic partnership laws that confer limited rights on gay couples but fall far short of marriage. In the modern times, the first country to acknowledge homosexual marriages officially was Dania. At the beginning of the 1990th, there had been issued a corresponding law, and by the end of 1995, the number of officially registered gay and lesbian couples was as high as 3000. However, even in this country, there are still certain restrictions imposed on homosexual families: they cannot adopt a child, or have a test-tube baby. All in all, in many world countries, homosexual marriages are now legalized; however, neither of these countries has ensured equal rights for gay and lesbian couples.The tendencies in the modern society are twofold: some people admit that homosexuals should be given the right to get married, but do not really regard this issue as a problem; others are prejudiced against gays and lesbians, and therefore completely reject the very possibility of such marriages.