Gay marriage in the Netherlands celebrated its tenth anniversary Friday.

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan marked the occasion with a wedding ceremony, the AFP reported.

In marrying Jan van Breda and his partner Thijs Timmermans at the Museum of History, the mayor told the couple, “Your personal ceremony takes place in a wider context.”

“It is exactly 10 years ago today that the first same-sex marriage was celebrated by my predecessor.”

Der Laan was referring to the world's first legal gay marriage between Helene Faasen and Anne Marie Thus. The women married in a ceremony officiated by then-mayor Job Cohen after the Netherlands became the first country to legalize gay marriage. Cohen also married three male gay couples during the ceremony.

Such marriages make up about 2 percent of the country's total number of marriages between 2001 and 2010, nearly 15,000 couples, the news agency reported.

Nine other countries have followed the Netherlands' lead, including Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland and Argentina. The gay marriages of the autonomous city-state of Mexico City are recognized throughout the country. Five states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage in the United States.

But despite 10 years of gay marriage Vera Bergkamp of the Amsterdam-based gay rights group COC says discrimination persists.

“Some officials still refuse to marry homosexual couples,” she told the AFP. “Having the right to get married does not necessarily mean that it is accepted by society. On this level, there is still work to be done.”