Equality Index

UPDATE: The 18 Countries Where You Can Now (Or Soon) Get Hitched

marriage equality countries1UPDATE:

There are 18 countries that extend their marriage rights to same-sex couples, and 2 (Mexico and the US) that have regional or court-directed laws in place. Here’s the chronological list of the countries that make up the legal gay rainbow as of January 2014, plus the GayCities exclusive insider guides.

NETHERLANDS – April 21, 2001
BELGIUM – June 1, 2003
SPAIN – July 3, 2005
CANADA – July 20, 2005
SOUTH AFRICA – November 30, 2006
NORWAY – January 1, 2009
SWEDEN – May 1, 2009
PORTUGAL – June 5, 2010
ICELAND – June 22, 2010
ARGENTINA – July 22, 2010
DENMARK – June 15, 2012
BRAZIL – May 14, 2013
FRANCE – May 29, 2013
URUGUAY – June 19, 2013
COLOMBIA – June 20, 2013
NEW ZEALAND – August 19, 2013
ENGLAND – 2014*
WALES – 2014*

*Date in Summer 2014.

ORIGINAL STORY (July 23, 2013): With the American marriage equality train kicking into hyperdrive, it’s worth remembering that the nation still lags behind much of the modern world when it comes to nuptial fairness.

Like Mexico, the U.S.  now allows same-sex marriage in some states. Likewise across the pond, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 received the Queen’s blessing on July 17, and is expected to take effect in the middle of next year – but this will only allow same-sex marriages in England and Wales, and not the entire United Kingdom. But in 15 countries across the planet, marriage is now a federal right.

What follows is Queerty’s rundown of the countries that already have – or are very soon to get – full marriage equality, and some tidbits about their local laws and statistics. You may notice a critical trend here: 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.

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  • fagburn

    “and, yes, the richest citizenries per capita – by far.”

    Damn those poor backward countries.

  • Shanestud

    Interesting that most of these countries provide universal free medical care, have strong anti-discrimination laws, are socially progressive and enjoy more inclusiveness and diversity. I guess they may be called…(get ready)…SOCIALIST??

  • stadacona

    Decent article. Terrible click-through format. And how lazy to use old out-dated stats from 2005 and 2006?

  • Canadianskeezix

    Your information on Canada is out of date. Last month, the Canadian Parliament enacted a law which waives the one year residency requirement for divorce for couples who married in Canada but who cannot obtain a divorce in their home jurisdiction.

  • alexoloughlin

    There is only one other country with a marriage bill pending and that is Scotland which will probably legalise it in 2014. If Queerty considers ‘soon’ to be this side of 2013, then I think it is very much mistaken. Putting or comparing 13 American states to the situation in the UK isn’t accurate. All gay citizens in England and Wales will be able to marry in 2014 and have portability within both, and eventually in Scotland, unlike in the U.S. where there is no recognition outside of the 13 states. Northern Ireland has a devolved Assembly independent of Parliament in London, as does Scotland. So the next country where we will ‘soon’ be able to marry is England and the principality of Wales. Queerty should have included it in its list since Marriage Bill in England and Wales is the current law of the land to take effect next year. It doesn’t really matter at this stage if Scotland and Northern Ireland are lagging. Our marriage laws don’t apply to either.

  • Fael

    Correction: Uruguay will be the third country in South America, the second as the article says itself, was Brazil.

  • cmandublin

    Ireland has Civil Partnership and will introduce same sex marriage in 2014

  • dnyboy

    @cmandublin: That’s not entirely accurate, the government has said they will hold a referendum next year on marriage equality, however the promise must still be kept and it is possible that the Irish people will reject it (although polls show strong support for legalization in the country)

  • indigofem1

    I KNOW which of the developed countries will be the last to allow same-sex marriage…my country, Italy! Which is why I left at 18 years of age!

  • Spike

    I wonder what country Tom Daley will get married in.

  • GinaFacebayerikl

    my friend’s step-sister makes $64 every hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for 7 months but last month her payment was $21618 just working on the internet for a few hours. go now……. http://gg.gg/v2fh

  • Mr.Dragon

    Small correction. Here in the Netherlands marriage rights were extended to same-sex couples on April 1, 2001, not April 21. Yes, on April Fool’s Day, so I wasn’t too happy about that date.

  • ouragannyc

    @fagburn: South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay ARE NOT the richest citizenries per capita by far…

  • ouragannyc

    Colombia DID NOT legalize gay marriage. A judge granted marriage licence to a male couple. The decision was later overturned by a an appeal panel. Colombia does have civil partnership thou.

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