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27 countries that have legalized gay marriage - Sort by:
27 countries that have legalized gay marriage
The places around the world where gay marriage is legal.
TAIWAN-LGBT/
RTS2I409
17 May. 2019
Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex... more
TAIWAN-LGBT/
RTS2I409
17 May. 2019
Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, on May 17, 2019, despite deep divisions among the population over marriage equality. The law follows a years-long tussle over marriage equality that culminated in a 2017 declaration by the democratic island's constitutional court that gave same-sex couples the right to marry and set a deadline of May 24 for legislation. Gay unions are not recognized by Hong Kong and neighboring China, which regards Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought back into the fold by force if necessary.

Here are 27 nations around the world that have legalized same-sex marriage, according to the Pew Research Center.


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ARGENTINA/
RTR3FPN7
25 Feb. 2014
ARGENTINA -

Argentina became the first Latin American... more
AUSTRALIA-LGBT/MARDI GRAS
RTX51PBE
3 Mar. 2018
AUSTRALIA -

Australia decided to allow same-sex marriage... more
AUSTRIA-EQUALMARRIAGE/
RTX3LMAY
5 Dec. 2017
AUSTRIA -

In 2017, the country's supreme court found... more
FRANCE-GAYMARRIAGE/
RTR3AGCC
15 Nov. 2012
BELGIUM -

In January 2003, the Belgian parliament... more
BRAZIL GAYS
RTR1AJFY
8 Nov. 2005
BRAZIL -

The National Council of Justice decided... more
CANADA/
RTR3VYPV
26 Jun. 2014
CANADA -

Canada granted to gay couples many of the... more
COLOMBIA/
RTR3AY15
27 Nov. 2012
COLOMBIA -

Colombia became the fourth South American... more
DENMARK/
RTR3OF51
9 May. 2014
DENMARK -

Denmark became the first country to allow... more
BRITAIN-GAYMARRIAGE/
RTR3J22L
29 Mar. 2014
ENGLAND AND WALES -

England and Wales passed a law... more
FRANCE-GAYMARRIAGE/
RTX1059Y
29 May. 2013
FRANCE -

In 2013, France became the 14th country... more
GERMANY-EQUALMARRIAGE/
RTS1ELD2
1 Oct. 2017
GERMANY -

Germany was the 15th European country to... more
GAY-GAMES/
RTX6DWNK
4 Aug. 2018
GREENLAND -

Greenland, an autonomous territory of... more
ICELAND-ELECTION/
RTXEDE5
25 Apr. 2009
ICELAND -

Iceland's legislature unanimously passed... more
IRELAND-GAY MARRIAGE
RTS7IP6
17 Nov. 2015
IRELAND -

Despite its majority Catholic population,... more
GAYMARRIAGE-EUROPE/LUXEMBOURG
RTX1D4LR
15 May. 2015
LUXEMBOURG -

In 2014, Luxembourg's parliament passed... more
MALTA-GAYMARRIAGE/
RTX3B1GU
11 Jul. 2017
MALTA -

The Mediterranean island of Malta legalized... more
UKRAINE/
RTX10049
25 May. 2013
NEW ZEALAND -
New Zealand became the first country... more
PORTUGAL/
RTR28NZK
8 Jan. 2010
PORTUGAL -

Parliament passed a law early in 2010... more
BRITAIN-SCOTLAND/MARRIAGE
RTX187OS
4 Feb. 2014
SCOTLAND -

Scotland's parliament legalized gay and... more
SAFRICA/
RTR2PGPJ
30 Jul. 2011
SOUTH AFRICA -

In November 2006, the South African... more
AIRLINE-WEDDING/
RTXVH1N
6 Dec. 2010
SWEDEN -

The Swedish parliament approved gay marriage... more
USA-COURT/GAYMARRIAGE
RTX1I0GA
27 Jun. 2015
UNITED STATES -

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized... more
URUGUAY
RTR2E3RL
19 May. 2010
URUGUAY -

Uruguay became the second Latin American... more
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