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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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Last updated: March 04, 2018
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Legalized
Country
2001
Netherlands
2003
Belgium
2005
Spain
2005
Canada
2006
South Africa
2009
Norway
2009
Sweden
2010
Portugal
Legalized
Country
2010
Iceland
2010
Argentina
2012
Denmark
2013
Brazil
2013
France
2013
Uruguay
2013
New Zealand
2015
Luxembourg
Legalized
Country
2015
United States
2015
Ireland
2016
Colombia
2017
Finland
2017
Malta
2017
Germany
2017
Australia
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level 29
Apr 29, 2013
Isn't France and New Zealand on the list now?
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level 33
May 22, 2013
Yes, will update this quiz right now! Thanks!:D
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level 33
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 44
Jan 18, 2014
It's disappointing that the United States, a country that is supposed to be the land of the free, hasn't made this list yet. But it's great to see countries from the third world making progressive moves! Go Uruguay, South Africa, Brazil, and Argentina!
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level 65
Dec 28, 2017
Uruguay and Argentina are hardly third world countries. They have HDI scores similar to Europe. Also, Uruguay is a notably progressive/liberal country worldwide.
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level 46
Feb 10, 2018
Third world? Uruguay and argentina are highly developed and as for brazil and south africa they have some issues but are quiet advanced in certain parts of the countries
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level 53
May 1, 2018
I've been to both. Argentina is nice but has economic issues. Uruguay is paradise -the people are wonderful, stable government, and the country is beautiful.
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level 75
May 1, 2018
They're on the list now, beating out quite a few countries in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd world.
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level 44
May 26, 2018
Sad that they took so long though
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level 75
Aug 4, 2018
Wasn't that long really considering that no country on Earth permitted gay marriage before 2001 and that currently there are only 23 out of 196 that do. The US state of Massachusetts officially sanctioned gay marriage in 2004, and many others were already permitting "domestic partnerships" or "civil unions" before that. Progress came and it came pretty damn fast if you remember where the country was in the 1980s.
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level 76
Aug 21, 2018
It's a very long time though when you consider that being gay has been around longer than marriage itself.
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level 75
Sep 23, 2018
So what? Crocodiles have been around a long time. But crocodiles flying airplanes is still relatively new. Homosexuality might be natural but marriage isn't. These are separate things.
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level 39
May 1, 2018
Not saying I agree with this, but I think the argument is that technically because the state is forcing churches to marry gay couples it's actually less free to 'demand' that churches to carry out certain marriages. It's that whole thing of that baker who wouldn't make a gay couple a cake for their wedding.
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level 56
May 1, 2018
"State forcing the church" what are you talking about ? There is a difference between religious marriage and civil marriage. What we are talking here is the civil one. Clearly you have no idea what you are talking about.
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level 63
May 1, 2018
I am gay married. Absolutely no state in the world is forcing churches to marry gay people. Some denominations do perform gay weddings, certainly, and some clergy perform they against the wishes of church leaders, but no church is required to conduct services for gay people.
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level 75
May 2, 2018
and it's really terrible that the government is forcing men who are happily married to their wives to get a divorce and gay marry some dude. Thanks Obama!
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level 52
Oct 12, 2014
Estonia and Luxembourg have legalized gay marriage!
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level 33
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 47
May 30, 2015
And Finland in 2017 ;)
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level 33
Jul 2, 2015
Updated for United States!! <3
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level 35
Jul 14, 2015
Add Ireland to that as well!
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level 65
Nov 19, 2015
Ireland should be added
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level 33
Mar 18, 2016
Done:)
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level 68
Jan 19, 2016
16 November, 2015....Ireland
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level 33
Mar 18, 2016
Updated for Ireland!
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level 37
Mar 4, 2016
Ireland should be included
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level 33
Mar 18, 2016
It is now!;)
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level 45
Mar 30, 2016
Bloody Northern Ireland holding the UK back on this. Didn't they technically pass it in their parliament but the ruling Unionist party vetoed it?
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level 57
Dec 4, 2016
Right now, gay marriage is even legal in the British Antarctic Territory, so gay penguins have more rights than gay Northern Irishes.
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level 67
Dec 29, 2017
Not Northern Ireland, the DUP. See my comment above. They are an embarrassment.
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level 53
Jun 30, 2017
Even though there is no exact date yet, Germany and Taiwan are next ;)
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level 57
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 41
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 43
Nov 19, 2017
Australia and Taiwan should be added.
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level 63
Dec 28, 2017
And Germany and Malta
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level 70
Dec 28, 2017
It makes me happy that this quiz requires such frequent updating!
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level 69
May 1, 2018
Ditto.
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level 65
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 75
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 75
Jan 29, 2019
I have a Mormon friend who would agree with you.
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level 63
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 70
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 59
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 57
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 61
Jan 7, 2018
surprised not to see the vatican...
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level 64
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 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 44
Feb 9, 2018
Not too difficult - just thought of the countries where liberalism has run rampant and got them!
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level 67
Feb 9, 2018
I know, it's awesome, right? Here's hoping it keeps going!
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level 39
Feb 10, 2018
I prefer total anarchy, specifically, the kind caused because of a nuclear war with everyone on the face of the earth
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level 75
May 3, 2018
I once heard a comedian say, "I'm for gay marriage. Why shouldn't they be as miserable as the rest of us?" (I'm one of the lucky ones who has been happily married for 44 years and I wish the same for all of you who choose marriage.)
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level 75
Apr 10, 2018
Rampant tolerance, freedom, empathy, equality... how horrible.
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level 48
Jan 19, 2019
I mean I would be one of the first people to criticise some radical left ideas but gay marriage is definitely not one of them.
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level 66
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 53
May 1, 2018
Um, see below.
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level 55
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 61
May 1, 2018
Thanks, Northern Ireland... Thanks a lot. You're dragging the rest of us down.
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level 67
May 1, 2018
Such a shame
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level 31
May 1, 2018
Can marry in wales an England an Scotland?
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level 32
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 53
May 1, 2018
Are you saying that infertile opposite sex couples should be denied the right to marry? Postmenopausal women can't marry? Married people who have children together should be denied the right to divorce? Please take your attitude and your weak logic to support bigotry back to the 1980s. You lost.
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level 72
May 1, 2018
Why do you have to be married to have children? What if your spouse dies, what about divorce. Why can't same sex marriages adopt children, sperm donors, etc.... I believe in God. I believe my God wants people to be happy. I believe Jesus wants people to be happy, raise children, or not raise children, but most importantly to love each other.
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level 38
May 1, 2018
January 1st 2019: AUSTRIA JOINS THE LIST! :D
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level 69
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 63
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 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 44
May 6, 2018
This progressive stuff is getting annoying. I wonder if polygamy is in the plans for legalization.
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level 44
May 26, 2018
It's annoying that you can marry who you love?
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level 75
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 55
May 7, 2018
This list shouldn't even exist, because governments shouldn't be involved in marriages whatsoever.
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level 44
May 26, 2018
Every country should be on this list
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level 75
Aug 4, 2018
Marriage shouldn't exist.
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level 58
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 68
Jul 2, 2018
Come on, Vatican. You want to and you know it.
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level 55
Nov 12, 2018
India legalized gay marriage this year too! (2018)
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level 59
Nov 18, 2018
Yes, India needs to be here.
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level 56
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 24
Feb 22, 2019
Austria needs to be here.
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level 65
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 54
Jun 15, 2019
Taiwan, Austria, Ecuador