Worldwide Status of Marriage & Relationship Rights
Over a billion people combined live in the 25 countries that have marriage equality.
7 of the 25 countries are in the Americas (including the Americas’ 6 most populous countries) and have a combined population exceeding 750 million.
15 of the 25 countries are in Europe and have a combined population of approximately 250 million. Austria will have marriage equality by January 1, 2019 at the latest by virtue of a December 2017 Austrian Constitutional Court decision.
Australia (approx. pop. 24 million) and New Zealand (approx. pop. 4.5 million) are the countries in Oceania with marriage equality.
South Africa (approx. pop. 53 million) is the only country in Africa with marriage equality.
Taiwan will soon very likely become the first country in Asia with marriage equality. In May 2017, the Taiwan Constitutional Court held that denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry violated the nation’s constitution and gave the legislature and other responsible authorities two years to implement the decision.
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.
The following countries have marriage equality:
Denmark (including Greenland)
Mexico (nationwide recognition of marriages in 12 states & additional municipalities)
United Kingdom (England/Wales/Scotland)
Some Legal Recognition or Protection
The following countries (or local jurisdictions within the country) 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:
Mexico (Tlaxcala) – Nationwide recognition of marriages in 12 states & additional municipalities
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland and Jersey) – Remainder of the country marriage equality
Last updated October 3, 2017