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Worldwide Status of Marriage & Relationship Rights

Over a billion people combined live in the 24 countries that have marriage equality.

7 of the 24 countries are in the Americas (including the Americas’ 6 most populous countries) and have a combined population exceeding 750 million.

15 of the 24 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.

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.

Marriage Equality


The following countries have  marriage equality:

Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Columbia
Denmark (including Greenland)
Finland
France
Germany
Iceland
Ireland
Luxembourg
Malta
Mexico (nationwide recognition of marriages in 12 states & additional municipalities)
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom (England/Wales/Scotland)
United States
Uruguay

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:

Andorra
Australia
Austria
Chile
Costa Rico
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
Hungary
Israel
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Mexico (Tlaxcala) – Nationwide recognition of marriages in 12 states & additional municipalities
Netherlands (Aruba)
San Marino
Slovenia
Switzerland
Taiwan
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland and Jersey) – Remainder of the country marriage equality

Last updated October 3, 2017