Gay Marriage: Where is it Legal?

Gay marriage - it’s been an interesting few months.  

Last month, a court in Taiwan ruled that the country’s current marriage law was unconstitutional which means that Taiwan SHOULD become the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage. 

And if the rumours are true, Thailand might not be far behind.

Malta has proven something of a pro-LGBT powerhouse in recent years. Remarkable when you consider that it's still a very Catholic society and that the island only legalised divorce in 2011. 

But there’s been frustration recently, too. Australia and Northern Ireland are still teetering on the brink of the same-sex marriage issue with both countries facing political stalemate despite increased public support for gay marriage.

Given that so much has changed since we last posted about equal marriage around the world, we thought it was worth an update.

So where exactly can you get married?

The Netherlands (2000)

Belgium (2003)

Canada (2005)

Spain (2005)

South Africa (2006)

Norway (2009)

Sweden (2009)

Iceland (2010)

Portugal (2010)

Argentina (2010)

Denmark (2012)

Uruguay (2013)

New Zealand (2013)

France (2013)

Brazil (2013)

England & Wales (Royal assent was given in 2013)

Scotland (2014)

Luxembourg (2014)

Finland (2015)

Ireland (2015)

Greenland (2015)

United States (2015)

Columbia (2016)

Germany (2017)

Malta (2017)

(Jurisdictions with Japan and Mexico do allow same-sex weddings, but this is not universal.)

The list is heartening, but it's also important to remember that there is still over 70 countries with anti-LGBT legislation.  We've come a long way, but there's still some way to go.  

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