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Friday, November 06, 2015

Gay Marriage Around the World

From Pew Research Center

A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. Nearly two dozen countries currently have national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not.
Gay marriage around the world
Countries That Allow Gay Marriage

Argentina (2010) England / Wales (2013) Ireland (2015) Portugal (2010) United States (2015)
Belgium (2003) Finland (2015) Luxembourg (2014) Scotland (2014) Uruguay (2013)
Brazil (2013) France (2013) The Netherlands (2000) South Africa (2006)
Canada (2005) Greenland (2015) New Zealand (2013) Spain (2005)
Denmark (2012) Iceland (2010) Norway (2009) Sweden (2009)

Canada (2005)
Gay OK in Canadsa!
Same-sex couples in Canada gained most of the legal benefits of marriage in 1999 when the federal and provincial governments extended common law marriages to gay and lesbian couples. Through a series of court cases beginning in 2003, same-sex marriage gradually became legal in nine of the country’s 13 provinces and territories. In 2005, the Canadian Parliament passed legislation making same-sex marriage legal nationwide. In 2006, lawmakers defeated an effort by the ruling Conservative Party of Canada to reconsider the issue, leaving the law unchanged.

For details about other specific countries, click here.

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