Gay Marriage Abroad FACTS!

Back in 1989 Demark led way and where the first country to introduce civil union status. There are now many more countries that offer a form of legal gay marriage or civil union. Countries where gay marriage is legal include:

  • Australia since 2017
  • France since 2013
  • Sweden since 2009
  • South Africa since 2006
  • Portugal since 2010
  • Norway since 2009
  • Netherlands since 2001
  • New Zealand since 2013
  • Iceland since 2010
  • Denmark since 2012
  • Canada since 2005
  • Argentina since 2010
  • Belgium since 2003
  • Uruguay since 2013
  • Spain since 2005
  • United Kingdom since 2014
  • Estonia sice 2014
  • Slovenia since 2015
  • Finland since 2015
  • Luxembourg since 2015
  • Ireland since 2015
  • United States since 2015

Other countries and states that recognise same-sex civil unions and civil partnerships but do not offer equal rights to heterosexual couples include:

  • Switzerland
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Israel
  • Hungary
  • Greenland
  • Germany
  • French Guyana
  • Finland
  • Falkland Islands
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Brazil
  • Austria
  • Andorra

US States:

On 27th June 2015 The US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States. This meant that the 14 states with bans on same-sex marriage would no longer be able to enforce them. President Barack Obama said the ruling was a "victory for America".

  • Alabama by court decision 2015
  • Alaska by court decision 2014
  • Arizona by court decision 2014
  • California by court decision 2013
  • Colorado by court decision 2014
  • Connecticut by court decision 2008
  • Delaware by State Legislature 2013
  • Florida by court decision 2015
  • District of Columbia 2010
  • Hawaii by State Legislature 2010
  • Idaho by court decision 2015
  • Indiana by court decision 2014
  • Iowa by court decision 2009
  • Kansas by court decision 2014
  • Maine by Popular Vote 2012
  • Maryland by Popular Vote 2013
  • Massachusetts by court decision 2004
  • Montana by court decision 2014
  • Nevada by court decision 2014
  • New Hampshire 2010
  • New Jersey by court decision 2013
  • New Mexco by court decision 2013
  • New York by State Legislature 2011
  • North Carolina by court decision 2014
  • Oklahoma by court decision 2014
  • Oregon by court decision 2014
  • Pennsylvania by court decision 2014
  • South Carolina by court decision 2014
  • Rhode Island by State Legislature 2013
  • Utah by court decision 2014
  • Vermont by State Legislature 2009
  • Virginia by court decision 2014
  • Wisconsin by court decision 2014
  • Washington State by Popular Vote 2012
  • Wyoming by court decision 2014

For a full explanation of gay marriage legalities in each of these countries and states please visit our legalities of gay marriage section.

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