For many years, same-sex marriage has been a hot topic of endless debate. Supporters of same-sex marriage say that a relationship and subsequent marriage between two people of the same sex is natural and normal. These supporters believe that a person does not choose to be gay and is instead born this way. Supporters also say that same-sex couples are just as capable as heterosexual couples when it comes to getting married, living together, and raising children.
Where Gay Marriage Is Legal
Gay Marriage: 27 Countries That Allow Same Sex Marriage - Get That Right
On June 12, , Ecuador became the fifth country in Latin America and the 30th in the world to recognize same-sex marriage. It was a watershed moment in the highly religious country after a lengthy legal battle between the government and two same-sex couples who petitioned for the right to marry. In a ruling, Ecuador's highest court recognized that right and ordered the National Assembly to pass marriage-equality legislation. Soria and his partner have been in a civil union since
11 Countries Where Same-Sex Marriage is Legal
June 26 marks the fifth anniversary of gay marriage being legalized across the entire United States. To commemorate this milestone in LGBTQ history, we are taking a look at countries around the world that have officially legalized same-sex marriage. Below is a timeline for the 29 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal. The year marks when the law was first enacted in that country. The country became the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Costa Rica is the most recent country to have legalized same-sex marriage and it is the only nation in Central America to have done so. Same-sex marriage has advanced in countries and regions where acceptance of homosexuality is high and globally, two-thirds of countries that allow it are in Western Europe. Still, several European governments do not allow same-sex unions, notably Italy and Switzerland, according to Pew Research. South Africa remains the only country to have legalized same-sex marriage in Africa while no counties have done so in Central and Eastern Europe. This chart shows where and since when national laws allow same-sex couples to marry.