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Lags behind much of the world????? There are a lot more than 14 countries in the world. You need to get out more
Denmark introduced same-sex marriage on its second attempt to pass it. Failed on the first.
“Like Mexico, the U.S. now allows same-sex marriage in some states.” I would say, unlike Mexico, the US does not recognize same-sex marriage approved in individual states. Mexico leaves it up to the states but recognizes those marriages as legal. And the US still has DOMA (as of now anyway, and hopefully not after June, but we’ll see)
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is no longer Prime Minister of Iceland, I believe she’s retired now (as of start of May 2013 I think)
The law has been amended. Non Canadian residents can now also get a divorce
The law did not pass “both houses” of the New Zealand parliament, because they have a unicameral legislature. There is only one house.
@Randal Oulton: You are correct, the new Icelandic prime minister is actually due to take office tomorrow.
@Flyguy from Canada: There has been a bill introduced to amend the Canadian divorce situation, but it hasn’t yet passed: http://shulman.ca/same-sex/divorce-in-canada-for-same-sex-non-residents-the-law-in-a-state-of-flux/
@Ken: Duly noted and updated in the article, thanks for catching that.
Update: Last week, the portuguese Parliament aproved by majority, the law that permits the Co-Adoption by gay couples, becoming the 5th country in the world to do it. It still needs a second final voting and the aproval by the President, but half the work is done and all points to it.
The South African couple really moves me. They’re so beautiful.
@DaveO: True. There are about 196 countries in the world (depending on how you count independent nations), yet only 14 allow same-sex marriage. Do the math QUEERTY and you’ll see that just over 7% of the world has gay marriage. The USA does not lag behind the rest of the world, it leads the rest of the world in this area. These 14 countries are, therefore, anomalies, and they are the ones who are leading with their progressive policies.
“The nations with full marriage equality tend to also be the most democratic and the most protective of minority rights, as well as boasting the lowest infant mortality rates and, yes, the richest citizenries per capita – by far.”
FYI, QUEERTY, this information does not apply to Argentina and Uruguay where they once had dictatorships for many years — and they are definitely not wealthy countries now, especially compared to the G-8 countries. One could say that Argentina and Uruguay are the most European nations outside of the European Union, or even that they are MORE European than the EU itself by having same-sex marriage! Now that France has (finally) made the list, there are only two G-8 countries where marriage equality exists (in addition to Canada), but in most of the European Union and in the six other G-8 countries (Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK, USA), same-sex marriage is still not a reality. Therefore, you should not make a correlation between wealth and acceptance of gay marriage.
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