Countries with Same-Sex/Gay Marriage

Name the countries where same-sex marriages are can be legally performed throughout the entire country.
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As of January 13, 2020
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Last updated: December 27, 2019
First submittedNovember 6, 2012
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Year
Country
2001
Netherlands
2003
Belgium
2005
Spain
2005
Canada
2006
South Africa
2009
Norway
2009
Sweden
2010
Portugal
2010
Iceland
Year
Country
2010
Argentina
2012
Denmark
2013
Brazil
2013
France
2013
Uruguay
2013
New Zealand
2015
Luxembourg
2015
United States
2015
Ireland
Year
Country
2016
Colombia
2017
Finland
2017
Malta
2017
Germany
2017
Australia
2019
Austria
2019
Taiwan
2019
Ecuador
2020
United Kingdom
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Level 35
May 22, 2013
Quiz is updated for Brazil, France, Uruguay and New Zealand! Fifteen countries now legalize same-sex marriage!
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Level 56
Oct 12, 2014
Estonia and Luxembourg have legalized gay marriage!
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Level 35
Oct 27, 2014
Not yet. Luxembourg will on 1st of January 2015. Estonia the debate is still going. So for Luxembourg I'll edit the quiz again next year!
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Level 37
Nov 20, 2014
What about the UK? Haven't they fully legalized it? Or is it still illegal in Northern Ireland?
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Level 57
Dec 30, 2017
It's still illegal in Northern Ireland, despite a majority for the Assembly voting in favour of it in 2015. The DUP used the 'petition of concern' to veto it.
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Level 51
May 30, 2015
And Finland in 2017 ;)
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Level 35
Jul 2, 2015
Updated for United States!! <3
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Level 33
Jul 14, 2015
Add Ireland to that as well!
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Level 67
Nov 19, 2015
Ireland should be added
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Level 35
Mar 18, 2016
Done:)
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Level 72
Jan 19, 2016
16 November, 2015....Ireland
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Level 35
Mar 18, 2016
Updated for Ireland!
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Level 37
Mar 4, 2016
Ireland should be included
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Level 35
Mar 18, 2016
It is now!;)
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Level 55
Jun 30, 2017
Even though there is no exact date yet, Germany and Taiwan are next ;)
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Level 62
Jul 8, 2017
Not necessarily. Taiwan didn't pick a date to implement the law and might wait until 2019. Plenty of things might happen in the meantime, and it could even end up not being the first Asian country with gay marriage since Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan are considering passing the law.
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Level 45
Aug 25, 2017
I did a trekking in Nepal 2 years ago and our guide (who constantly held my hand while explaining something) 'confirmed' there are no gay people in his country... Even if they are - finally - thinking of passing that law, they still have a lot of work to do to create acceptance amongst their population. The guide was an educated young man btw... sad
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Level 53
Nov 19, 2017
Australia and Taiwan should be added.
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Level 65
Dec 28, 2017
And Germany and Malta
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Level 72
Dec 28, 2017
It makes me happy that this quiz requires such frequent updating!
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Level 72
May 1, 2018
Ditto.
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Level 69
Dec 28, 2017
The government should not be involved in marriage. The power to make gay marriage legal is the same as the power to make interracial marriage illegal. Our freedom shouldn't be contingent on the whims of politicians.
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Level 67
Feb 9, 2018
But... the government saying it's legal IS the government getting out of it. They're saying that the government can't stop two people from getting married just because of their gender. And that's exactly WHY things like this NEED to be enshrined in law, so that politicians CAN'T just change things on a whim.
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Level 79
Sep 23, 2018
As long as marriage is a recognized civil institution with legal implications this argument is invalid. But moreover, if you believe that people have a right to get married at all then barring certain kinds of people from getting married is discriminatory and unconstitutional.
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Level 78
Jan 29, 2019
I have a Mormon friend who would agree with you.
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Level 79
Jan 13, 2020
cool, I'd probably agree with your Mormon friend.
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Level 39
Jan 14, 2020
Unfortunately, there is NO right to marriage. Government has taken that right away. I had to get a marriage license (permission) to get married to my wife. Marriage licenses started post Civil War in the US. If ANY higher authority has to be involved prior to the performance of any action, that is not a right. That is a privilege. The real issue, Constitutionally, is the ninth and tenth amendment. The Federal Government has no legal authority to force States into recognizing gay marriage. The other issue is these quizzes are supposed to be fun and not politically charged and the fact that this quiz is on here to open itself up for this kind of debate is stupid. Is there a "Countries that allow slavery" quiz? I guess I will create it.
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Level 79
Jan 14, 2020
JDWI, yeah I already made that quiz, and there's a featured quiz on the site on the same subject. Why is this stupid? Get over it.
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Level 65
Jan 27, 2020
As a business contract, the state has to recognize it...but the church doesn’t.
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Level 64
Dec 28, 2017
So, I know this may be a stretch but, what happens once a big majority of countries have legalized it, the quiz will have lost its point and be a "name a lot of countries" quiz.
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Level 71
Jan 2, 2018
There will be a point at which the 'countries that do not permit same-sex marriage' will make more sense. That's still some time in the future - very many countries (numerically) will persist in this category for decades to come. But, it is great to have to take this quiz each year again as the list grows. I'm not in the same-sex relationship group, but I am really happy that this topic is becoming routine in so many places around the world. Only 20 years ago, it was still a far-off aspiration in every country in the world. In 20 years from now, we will wonder what people were thinking back in the 'old days'.
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Level 65
Jan 3, 2018
It'll be weird in 30 years when kids will look back on this and think "How can the government not allow two people of the same sex from getting married?", and then I'll feel old for remembering when it was a debate and all.
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Level 62
Jan 29, 2018
I find it interesting to see how fast such a law can spread nowadays. Women vote and abolition of death penalty took way more time to be adopted by as much countries and some still don't have it.
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Level 50
Jan 13, 2020
Yeah, I was thinking it's depressing there are only 27 on the list, but 20 years ago there were 0, so progress is being made, though it's long overdue.
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Level 64
Jan 15, 2020
I think the rapid progress has a lot to do with the fact the homosexuality is not correlated to race, class, income, or geography. Most people who oppose progress for marginalized groups have a stigmatized view of those groups because they don't interact with them. The white suburban people I know are "tough on crime" because they don't know any poor people and don't appreciate the link between poverty and crime. But a lot of them have softened their views on homosexuality since they found out they have a gay nephew, neighbor, coworker, and or whatever, and realized through direct interaction that, hey, he's just like everybody else and he deserves to be happy. And now that homosexuals are more visible and accepted, people who are gay are more willing to come out and be known, which increases the community's visibility exponentially and further normalizes it. It's a great ripple effect.
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Level 65
Jan 7, 2018
surprised not to see the vatican...
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Level 62
Jan 10, 2018
The whole country is same-sex
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Level 44
Feb 9, 2018
lol or any muslim nation - go figure
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Level 43
May 6, 2018
Look up "celibacy in the Catholic Chuch" please.
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Level 65
Jan 14, 2020
I know it's 1.5 years later, but this statement requires a huge facepalm as a response.
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Level 26
Feb 9, 2018
Get the UK on! Woohoo
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Level 45
Feb 9, 2018
Northern Ireland, m'afraid.
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Level 76
May 1, 2018
got Malta with 1 second remaining :D
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Level 41
May 1, 2018
Nice to see the mostly positive comments about this quiz.
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Level 59
May 1, 2018
Um, see below.
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Level 65
May 1, 2018
Austria should join this list in 2019; as long as the Austrian Parliament doesn't amend the marriage laws, the current law states it will be legal as of January 1, 2019.
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Level 67
May 1, 2018
Thanks, Northern Ireland... Thanks a lot. You're dragging the rest of us down.
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Level 68
Jan 5, 2020
Not Northern Ireland, the DUP. And thankfully they have now been over ruled.
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Level 31
May 1, 2018
Can marry in wales an England an Scotland?
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Level 43
May 4, 2018
Aye but not Northern Ireland or IIRC some of the overseas territories. So unfortunately we can't yet correctly say gay marriage is legal in the United Kingdom, though it is in Great Britain.
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Level 46
May 1, 2018
January 1st 2019: AUSTRIA JOINS THE LIST! :D
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Level 71
May 1, 2018
I like to find meaningful quizzes to get me to the next level. This one got me to 67!
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Level 40
May 1, 2018
I'm french and i forget... France Le con
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Level 66
May 1, 2018
So....there are 196 recognized countries in the world (thanks JetPunk), and only 23 have recognized same sex marriage. So it's safe to say that the majority of the world doesn't allow same sex marriage. Now that's not to say anything good or bad. Remember, we are only talking about numbers here. So in order for same sex marriage to be even close to the norm, 77 more countries need to recognize this. (That means the majority 99 countries yes and 97 countries no). The list I would like to see.......Of the 173 current countries that don't allow same sex marriage, which one's are more likely to change their position on the issue? That would be jetpunk GOLD.
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Level 44
May 3, 2018
I get your point, but I think if we want to talk numbers it would be more correct to talk about it in terms of number of countries and those countries' percentage of world population. There's some sizably populated countries on this list. Of course, if we want to talk about that, we have to remember that it could be legalized in 194 countries and still only cover about 2/3 of the world's population if you exclude China and India. And I don't think it's about to happen there anytime soon.
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Level 49
May 2, 2018
Looks like I won't be visiting Luxembourg any time soon. (Nothing to do with same sex marriage, just no plans to be there).
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Level 72
Dec 27, 2019
You should – Luxembourg is lovely. Also the prime minister, who is male, has a husband!
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Level 44
May 3, 2018
It's fascinating to see the way it began with a few countries and really snowballed in the last 10 years or so. This list might be a lot bigger in another 10 years!
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Level 46
May 6, 2018
This progressive stuff is getting annoying. I wonder if polygamy is in the plans for legalization.
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Level 50
May 26, 2018
It's annoying that you can marry who you love?
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Level 79
Aug 4, 2018
What annoys you about not being able to interfere in people's personal life choices that don't affect you or anybody else?
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Level 47
Jan 14, 2020
If other people's decisions that do not affect you life in any way annoy you then you should seek professional help. How would you like the whole population of your nation having a say on who you can or cannot be in a relationship with?
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Level 65
Jan 14, 2020
"This 'other people different from me getting as many rights as me" stuff is getting annoying", is what you truly meant, I believe. Progress means changing for the better, only backward-minded people would complain about that. And bigots, of course. You're on the wrong side of history, have fun staying in the past while the world keeps moving forward.
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Level 55
May 7, 2018
This list shouldn't even exist, because governments shouldn't be involved in marriages whatsoever.
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Level 50
May 26, 2018
Every country should be on this list
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Level 79
Aug 4, 2018
Marriage shouldn't exist.
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Level 65
Jan 14, 2020
Only religious institutions, then? They don't have any reason to hold the exclusivity on marriage, it just so happens that they did for a long time. If that's not your argument, then you fail to understand what marriage really means. Civil marriage is a legal act, and therefore directly tied to the government that both creates and upholds the laws.
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Level 60
May 7, 2018
Wouldn't that be nice- I hope you also consider polyandry ? Women can marry more than one man ! Yay !
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Level 78
Jun 25, 2018
Why on earth would you want to marry more than one? Isn't one enough of a headache?
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Level 47
Jan 14, 2020
I guess that up for each individual person to decide? What works for me may not work for you and that's okay. We all should be free to decide as long as all the involved are consenting adults.
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Level 81
Jul 2, 2018
Come on, Vatican. You want to and you know it.
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Level 57
Nov 12, 2018
India legalized gay marriage this year too! (2018)
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Level 64
Nov 18, 2018
Yes, India needs to be here.
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Level 60
Jan 20, 2019
Sadly no, not yet--last year India only legalized homosexuality. Still a long way to go toward recognizing marriage.
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Level 71
Dec 27, 2019
Yeah, India is where the UK was in 1967, and the UK wasn't exactly a bastion of progression at the time
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Level 25
Feb 22, 2019
Austria needs to be here.
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Level 69
May 27, 2019
Taiwan now officially made the list.:) Time for an update!
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Level ∞
May 27, 2019
Will update in early 2020
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Level 62
Jun 15, 2019
Taiwan, Austria, Ecuador
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Level 62
Jul 15, 2019
How come so long?
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Level 59
Nov 25, 2019
If you wait until after 13th January you can add the UK, as parliament is finally making Northern Ireland recognise same-sex marriage too regardless of what the DUP wants.
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Level 79
Jan 13, 2020
just in time for their divorce from Europe
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Level 68
Jan 13, 2020
In Italy same sex marriage has been legal since JUne 5, 2016. Please add to your list
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Level 67
Jan 13, 2020
In Italy same sex civil unions are recognized, not marriages.
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Level 65
Jan 15, 2020
Yeah, I remember recently a same-sex couple from Italy brought their daughter to be baptized at my church here in Canada, because they couldn't do it in Italy. It was really touching.
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Level 66
Jan 13, 2020
I'm really hoping this quiz will have a lot more Countries in a couple of years..
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Level 70
Jan 13, 2020
Unlucky, DUP.
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Level 60
Jan 13, 2020
Yeay for the update, and had all but one of them correct, for some reason i didn't think of Malta. Lol. Nice to see the UK following the trend with some delay. Greets from the guys & girls who where the first.
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Level 50
Jan 13, 2020
I didn't get Malta either. Got Colombia and Ecuador in the last few seconds though.
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Level 50
Jan 13, 2020
Would it make more sense to split the UK into two entries? One for 2014 covering England & Wales and Scotland, and 2020 covering Northern Ireland. As 97% of the UK population lives outside of NI the situation is not comparable with the likes of the US in which a significant percentage of the population could not get married until 2015.
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Level ∞
Jan 13, 2020
Then we'll split the U.S. into 50 entries!
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Level 56
Jan 13, 2020
Got them all with one second to spare, nice quiz!
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Level 20
Jan 13, 2020
Hi, Denmark has had same-sex marriages since 1989. In 2012 it became possible to get married in the (state) church.
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Level ∞
Jan 14, 2020
The quiz is accurate. Please read the description and the source.
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Level 59
Jan 14, 2020
Depends how you define marriage, I think.
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Level 79
Jan 19, 2020
probably they have "civil unions" or something like that.
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Level 48
May 17, 2020
Glad to see this list getting longer and longer! I hope Italy will join soon
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Level 35
May 26, 2020
Costa Rica joined the list! Costa Rica becomes first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage 🌈
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Level ∞
May 26, 2020
However, I didn't approve the update. People lose their points when questions are added/removed and it's unfair to do that more than once a year per quiz.
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Level 35
Jun 2, 2020
I'm sorry! Didn't know it worked that way. I'll let you update my featured quizes from now on. :)
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Level 66
Jun 25, 2020
When you get a chance to update, maybe include Mexico as well? Same sex marriage has been legal since 2018 :)
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Level 76
Jun 22, 2020
Thank god Northern Ireland's finally decided to catch up
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Level 72
Jul 14, 2020
Nepal and Thailand's cabinets are considering the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2020.