This handy map shows all the countries where same-sex marriage is legal

This handy map shows all the countries where same-sex marriage is legal

A picture of the globe pointing to different countries

After Greece voted to legalize same-sex marriage this week, you may be wondering which countries around the world also have marriage equality.

Fortunately, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has come up with a helpful map to show places that currently allow same-sex marriage.

According to the HRC Foundation, which “tracks developments in the legal recognition of same-sex marriage around the world,” same-sex marriage is legal in 36 countries (now including Greece) in the world out of a total of 195 countries, which are not considered legal. Best percentage – only 18.4% of countries have marriage equality.

These are the countries where same-sex marriage is currently legal: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland , Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Uruguay.

Map of countries that have legalized same-sex or same-sex marriage around the world
Only 18% of countries have legalized same-sex marriage. (Human Rights Foundation)

South Africa is the only country in Africa to have legalized same-sex marriage, and similarly, Taiwan is the only Asian country to have done so.

Of these countries, 25 countries have legalized same-sex marriage at the national level through legislation, and 10 countries have legalized same-sex marriage at the national level after court decisions.

Austria, Taiwan and Ecuador legalized same-sex marriage in 2019, followed by Costa Rica in 2020, Switzerland and Chile in 2021, and Cuba, Andorra and Slovenia in 2022.

Supporters of the LGBTQ community wrapped in LGBTQ+ pride flags gather outside the Greek Parliament.
The Greek Parliament approved same-sex marriage and child adoption on Thursday, February 15. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Estonia voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in June 2023, with the legislation coming into effect on 1 January this year – the first post-Soviet country to do so.

Likewise, Greece is the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex marriage despite objections from church officials and resistance from within the ruling party. The law was supported by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who said it would “cause serious inequality to our democracy.”

A prominent Greek LGBTQ+ activist said the community had been waiting “years for this.” “It’s a historic moment. Many of us weren’t sure it would ever come,” she said.

Legislation in Greece will allow same-sex couples to exchange vows in civil ceremonies but also to adopt children.

Greece has now become the 16th country in the European Union to legalize same-sex marriage. After the vote was approved, Mitsotakis tweeted: “This is a human rights milestone, and reflects Greece today – a progressive and democratic country, deeply committed to European values.”

HRC tracks a number of countries where it expects support for marriage equality to grow in 2024, including the Czech Republic, India, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand.

A Supreme Court ruling on the matter is expected in March in Nepal, although a same-sex couple recently made history as the first to have their marriage registered and recognized by the Nepalese government even though it has not yet become legal nationwide. .

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