Equality Index

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


Top city: Amsterdam
Legal since: April 2001
Number of married gay couples: 5,600 estimated through the end of 2005
The Netherlands was the first country in the world to enact marriage equality in 2001. The law is valid in the Netherlands proper and the Caribbean Islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba but not in Aruba, Curaçao, or St. Maarten (where same-sex marriages are recognized but not performed).

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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    Your information on Canada is out of date.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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