These are the 26 countries with marriage equality

Dec. 15, 2017

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In December, Australia became the 26th country to legalize same-sex marriage. Across the country, supporters of marriage equality cheered the victory.

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Here are the other countries where marriage equality is the law of the land.

The Netherlands

In 2000, the Netherlands became the first country to achieve marriage equality. Supporters were “jubilant,” Reuters reported.

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Belgium

Belgium legalized same-sex marriage in 2003. “Mentalities have changed,” then-Justice Minister Marc Verwilghen said, according to Agence France-Presse.

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Canada

Canada made it official in 2005. “A right is a right,” then-Prime Minister Paul Martin said, according to the Associated Press.

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Spain

Spain also legalized same-sex marriage in 2005, despite strong opposition from leaders in the Catholic Church, the New York Times reported then.

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South Africa

In 2006, South Africa became the first African country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Norway

Norway approved marriage equality in 2008. “We are so overjoyed,” advocate Jon Reidar Oeyan told the AP at the time.

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Sweden

In 2009, Sweden’s Parliament voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of same-sex marriage, according to the BBC. The law passed 226 to 22.

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Iceland

Iceland, the first country to elect an out gay candidate head of state, voted unanimously to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.

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Portugal

Also in 2010, Portugal, another predominantly Catholic nation, voted to allow same-sex marriage.

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Argentina

Argentina became the first country in Latin America with marriage equality when its Senate approved a law legalizing same-sex marriage in 2010.

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Denmark

In 2012, Denmark, which first recognized same-sex civil partnerships in 1989, voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

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Uruguay

Uruguay became the second country in Latin America with marriage equality when its Congress voted to approve same-sex marriage in 2013.

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New Zealand

New Zealand approved same-sex marriage in 2013, just about a week after Uruguay.

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France

Also in 2013, France became the ninth European country with marriage equality when then-President Francois Hollande signed a same-sex marriage bill into law.

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Brazil

Brazil effectively legalized marriage equality in 2013, when its National Council of Justice ruled that notaries couldn’t refuse to marry same-sex couples.

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England and Wales

Rounding out a major year for marriage equality, England and Wales also legalized same-sex marriage in 2013.

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Scotland

In early 2014, Scotland voted 105 to 18 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Luxembourg

Luxembourg also legalized same-sex marriage in 2014. “All we have done is give equal rights to gay people,” one lawmaker said then, the Independent reported.

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Finland

In 2015, the Finnish president signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. However, the law didn’t officially take full effect until 2017.

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Ireland

Ireland made history in 2015 when it became the first country to pass marriage equality through a popular vote. About 62% of the country voted yes.

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Greenland

Just days after Ireland’s popular vote, Greenland’s Parliament voted unanimously to approve same-sex marriage.

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United States of America

Also in 2015, marriage equality became the law of the land in the U.S. after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.

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Colombia

Colombia legalized same-sex marriage in 2016, when the Constitutional Court rejected a petition against marriage equality.

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Germany

Germany approved same-sex marriage in 2017, a long-awaited step that one advocate called a “historic milestone,” CNN reported then.

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Malta

Also in 2017, Malta voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

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