The 28 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is legal


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People fighting for same-sex marriage rights around the world have seen global support increase in recent years. Australia, Malta, and Germany legalized same-sex marriage in 2017, and Taiwan made history last month , becoming the first government in Asia to welcome legislation on marriage equality.

Ecuador was the latest to join the fold, as the country’s highest court on Wednesday voted 5-4 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage after a long legal battle with same-sex couples and advocates. The court has instructed the government to pass legislation ensuring equal treatment for all citizens who wish to marry.

There are currently only 28 countries that allow same-sex couples to marry.

Keep scrolling to read the full list:

SEE ALSO: How Australia’s slow march toward same-sex marriage compares to the US

1. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriages.

The legislation gave same-sex couples the right to marry, divorce, and adopt children.

Source: CBS News

2. Belgium followed suit in 2003 and granted equal rights to same-sex married couples.

Beginning in 1998, the Belgian parliament offered limited rights to same-sex couples through registered partnerships. In 2003, the parliament legally recognized same-sex marriages.

Source: The Guardian

3. In 2005, the Canadian Parliament passed legislation making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

In 1999, some provincial governments extended common law marriages to gay and lesbian couples, providing them with most of the legal benefits of marriage but laws varied across the country.

Source: CBC News

4. Also in 2005, a closely divided Spanish parliament agreed to do the same.

The law guaranteed identical rights to all married couples regardless of sexual orientation.

Source: New York Times

5. After South Africa’s highest court ruled the country’s marriage laws violated the constitution’s guarantee of equal rights, parliament legalized same-sex marriage in 2006.

Exemptions were also included in the new marriage law. Both religious institutions and civil officers could refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Source: NBC News

6. In 1993 Norway allowed gay couples to enter civil unions, but it took until 2008 for a Norway to pass a gender-neutral marriage law.

In January 2009, the bill was enacted into law, and gay couples were legally granted the right to marry, adopt children and receive artificial insemination.

Source: NBC News

7. In 2009, Sweden voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

The bill passed with 261 votes in favor, 22 votes against and had 16 abstentions.

Source: BBC News

8. Iceland’s parliament voted unanimously to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.

Iceland’s then-Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir married her longtime partner Jonina Leosdottir as the law came into effect.

Source: The Telegraph

9. Portugal has also allowed same-sex marriage since 2010, after legislation was originally challenged by the country’s president.

Portugal had passed a measure legalizing same-sex marriage in February of 2010, but Portugal’s former president, Anibal Cavaco Silva, asked the Constitutional Court to review the measure. In April 2010, the Constitutional Court declared the law to be constitutionally valid.

Source: The Guardian

10. In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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