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What Gay Marriage Looks Like Around The World

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This week is a good week for the Royals across the pond. The Queen will sign a law that legalizes gay marriage throughout England and Wales, making the UK among the ranks of countries across the globe to give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. While this is another step towards equal rights for all couples, following the US and France with their recent decisions, there are still places in the world where these rights are not shared. Here’s a look at the breakdown of same-sex laws around the world, and a glimpse at the happiness in the countries where it has been legalized.


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British Parliment approved the final changes on the bill on Tuesday and it was signed into law.


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Gay marriage is not yet recognized in Italy, but is currently being debated in parliament. 


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Gay marriage has been legal in The Great White North since 2005 under the Civil Marriage Act, which provided a gender-neutral definition of marriage.


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Norway legalized gay marriage in 2009.


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Following the decision in June to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act which was passed in 1996, the federal government cannot refuse to recognize same sex marriage in states where it is legal.


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German Parliament is in talks currently about whether or not gay couples in legal partnerships should receive the same rights as heterosexual marriage couples, with a strong support of 2/3 of Germans in support of gay marriage.


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France became the thirteenth country wouldwide to allow same-sex couples to marry on May 18, 2013.


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Gay marriage is not recognized in Greenland, but registered partnerships of same-sex couples receive nearly the same rights as married opposite-sex couples.


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Argentina became the only Latin American country to legalize same sex marriage in 2010.


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Nearly 25,000 couples have wed since same-sex marriage was legalized in 2005 by the then-socialist Spanish government.


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Denmark became the first country to allow same-sex partnerships legality in 1989, and in 2012, the parliament approved a law that allowed gay couples to be marriage in a formal church wedding ceremony.


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On April 10, 2013, lawmakers passed the “marriage equality project”, becoming the third country in the Americas to do so.


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Belgium legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, following many other European countries’ decisions.


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Cohabiting same-sex couples in all Australian states and territories have received the same benefits and rights as cohabiting heterosexual couples since 2009, with some states recognizing marriage, civil partnerships, and domestic partnership agreements. 

South Africa

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Gay marriage has been a largely debated topic throughout the country, even though it was legalized in 2006 under the Civil Union Act.


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While gay marriage isn’t recognized in Finland, same-sex partnerships have shared similar rights to heterosexual couples since 2002, with a revised law allowing partners to adopt children added in 2009.


While a predominantly Catholic country, Portugal passed a law in January of 2010 to become the sixth European country to legalize gay marriage.

New Zealand

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Trailblazer of the gay-rights movement in NZ, Labour MP Louisa Wall celebrated in song with her fellow supporters as same-sex couples received the right to marry with a 77-44 vote.


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Same-sex couples rejoiced in May of 2009, as Swedish Parliament approved a law that gave the ability to have their partnerships recognized as marriage.

The Netherlands

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Same-sex marriages have been recognized in The Netherlands since April of 2001.


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The Icelandic Althing passed a bill that gender-neutralized the definition of marriage on June 11, 2010, with no members of parliament voting against it. Iceland is also the only country in the world to have an openly gay head of state.

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