The countries where same-sex or LGBT marriage is officially legal

  • 2000: The Netherlands

The country became the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. The following year, four couples married in the world’s first same-sex wedding in 2001. [Associated Press]

  • 2003: Belgium

Three years after the new law was enacted, the country’s parliament granted same-sex couples the right to adopt in 2006. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2005: Canada

The nation’s traditional definition of civil marriage was changed to include the union between same-sex couples. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2005: Spain

The new law gave same-sex couples all of the same marital and adoption rights as heterosexual citizens. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2006: South Africa

The measure passed by a margin of greater than five-to-one with support from major opposing political parties. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2008: Norway

One year after legalizing same-sex marriage, the country’s Lutheran Church voted to allow its pastors to marry same-sex couples in 2009. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2009: Sweden

Months before the bill passed in October 2009, the country’s governing church board initiated a petition to permit same-sex marriages. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2010: Argentina

Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2010: Portugal

Six years after Portugal’s parliament legalized same-sex marriage, the country granted gay couples the right to adopt. [Reuters]

  • 2010: Iceland

Iceland legalized same-sex marriage in a unanimous vote. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2012: Denmark

Prior to legalizing same-sex marriage, Denmark was the first country to recognize same-sex couples as domestic partners. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2013: Uruguay

The country’s inclusive legislation of LGBT rights began to attract thousands of tourists each year since passing the law to legalize same-sex marriage in 2013. [National LGBT Chamber of Commerce]

  • 2013: Brazil

Over 3,700 marriages took place in 2013 after same-sex marriage was legalized. [GLAAD]

  • 2013: New Zealand

The measure to legalize same-sex marriage in New Zealand won approval by a 77-44 margin. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2013: England, Wales

After the landmark decision was made, former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, “No matter who you are and who you love, we are equal.” [BBC]

  • 2013: France

The first same-sex wedding took place in France and was met with great applause by the public. [BBC]

  • 2014: Luxembourg

The new law was the first major reform of the country’s marriage laws since 1804. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2014: Scotland

Three years after the majority of the Scottish Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage, the Scottish Episcopal Church became the UK’s first major Christian church to perform same-sex marriages. [BBC]

  • 2015: United States

The hashtag #LoveWins almost immediately became the number-one trending hashtag in the world on Twitter after the U.S. legalized same-sex marriage.

  • 2015: Ireland

Ireland was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2015: Finland

The bill to call for the legislation of same-sex marriage started out as a “citizen’s initiative” – with a reported 167,000 signatures. [Pew Research Center]

  • 2015: Greenland

The country’s legislators passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on the world’s biggest island. [Pew Research Center]

Some other countries where homosexuality is legal are:

2016- Colombia
2017- Germany
2017- Malta


But still, there are more than 73 countries who did not legalised the gay sex and marriage.

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