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Worldwide Status of Marriage & Relationship Rights

Over a billion people combined live in the 23 countries that have marriage equality.

7 of the 23 countries are in the Americas (including the Americas’ 6 most populous countries) and have a combined population exceeding 750 million.

14 of the 23 countries are in Europe and have a combined population of approximately 250 million.

South Africa (approx. pop. 53 million) is the only country in Africa with marriage equality.

New Zealand (approx. pop. 4.5 million) is the only country in Oceania with marriage equality.

Currently, no countries in Asia have marriage equality.

The world’s population exceeds 7 billion.  Over a billion people now have legal marriage equality, and we have many more hearts and minds to win over.

Marriage Equality

The following countries have  marriage equality:
Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Columbia
Denmark
England/Wales/Scotland
Finland
France
Greenland
Iceland
Ireland
Luxembourg
Mexico (partial)
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
United States
Uruguay

Some Legal Recognition or Protection
The following countries or local jurisdictions within the county provide some legal recognition or protection for LGBT couples.  Legal recognition, rights, responsibilities, and protections vary widely among the countries from largely symbolic recognition in one or more local jurisdictions to nationwide partnerships or civil unions that provide extensive legal rights and protections. Only marriage equality provides LGBT couples full dignity, respect, and legal equality:
Andorra
Australia
Austria
Chile
Costa Rico
Cyprus
Croatia
Czech Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
Germany
Hungary
Israel
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Malta
San Marino
Slovenia
Switzerland
Taiwan

Last updated June 2, 2016