The 25 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is legal
Rosie Perper,Rosie Perper
Nov 19, 2017, 01:44 IST
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People demonstrate for the legalization of gay marriage and parenting on December 16, 2012 in Paris, France.
2017 has been a big year for LGBTQI rights.
Both Malta and Germany legalized same-sex marriage and, this week, Australia made big strides towards doing so as well.AdvertisementIn a nation-wide postal poll, 61.6% of Australian voters said they were in favor of same-sex marriage, ensuring the federal government will try to pass a marriage equality bill before the end of the year.
Yet while demand continues to grow for LGBTQI rights, there are currently only 25 countries that allow same-sex couples to marry.
Here's the full list:
25. And earlier this year nearly all of Malta's parliament voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.
24. In 2017, Germany became the 15th European country to allow same-sex couples to wed.
23. Colombia became the fourth Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2016.
22. The United States Supreme Court made marriage equality federal law in 2015.
21. Greenland, the world's biggest island, passed same-sex legislation in 2015.
20. Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote in 2015.
19. Finland approved a marriage equality bill in 2014, but it only went into effect this year.
18. Luxembourg overwhelmingly approved legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed and to adopt children that went into effect in 2015.
17. Scotland voted overwhelmingly in favor of of legalizing same-sex marriage later in 2014.
16. England and Wales became the first countries in the UK to pass marriage equality in 2014.
15. Brazil’s National Council of Justice ruled that same-sex couples should not be denied marriage licenses in 2013, allowing same-sex marriages to begin across the country.
14. President Francois Hollande signed a measure legalizing marriage equality in France in 2013.
13. In 2013, New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to legislate for same-sex marriage.
12. Uruguay passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage in 2013.
11. Denmark's legalization came in 2012 after Queen Margrethe II gave her royal assent to the proposed legislation.
10. In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage.
9. Portugal has also allowed same-sex marriage since 2010, after legislation was originally challenged by the country's president.
8. Iceland's parliament voted unanimously to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.
7. In 2009,Sweden voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.
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.
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.
4. Also in 2005, a closely divided Spanish parliament agreed to do the same.
3. In 2005, the Canadian Parliament passed legislation making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
2. Belgium followed suit in 2003 and granted equal rights to same-sex married couples.
1. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriages.