Australia, Malta, and Germany legalized same-sex marriage last year. Australia was the latest country to join the fold in early December, when the House of Representatives passed the bill making same-sex marriage legal.
That move followed a nationwide postal poll in which There are currently only 25 countries that allow same-sex couples to marry. Keep scrolling to read the full list: One Page Slides 1. In , the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriages.
Belgium followed suit in and granted equal rights to same-sex married couples. In , the parliament legally recognized same-sex marriages. In , the Canadian Parliament passed legislation making same-sex marriage legal nationwide. Also in , a closely divided Spanish parliament agreed to do the same.
In Norway allowed gay couples to enter civil unions, but it took until for a Norway to pass a gender-neutral marriage law. A fjord in Norway, with the Norwegian flag in the foreground, October 14 In , Sweden voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. Iceland's parliament voted unanimously to legalize same-sex marriage in Portugal has also allowed same-sex marriage since , after legislation was originally challenged by the country's president.
In April , the Constitutional Court declared the law to be constitutionally valid. In , Argentina became the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage. Denmark's legalization came in after Queen Margrethe II gave her royal assent to the proposed legislation.
Uruguay passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage in In , New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to legislate for same-sex marriage. President Francois Hollande signed a measure legalizing marriage equality in France in People demonstrate for the legalization of gay marriage and parenting on December 16, in Paris, France. England and Wales became the first countries in the UK to pass marriage equality in In , a judge dismissed two cases on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
Scotland voted overwhelmingly in favor of of legalizing same-sex marriage later in Luxembourg overwhelmingly approved legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed and to adopt children that went into effect in Finland approved a marriage equality bill in , but it only went into effect this year.
Helsinki Pride marches through the street of Aleksanterinkatu in Helsinki, Finland on June 30, Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote in Greenland, the world's biggest island, passed same-sex legislation in Homes are seen against the backdrop of mountains on July 28, in Nuuk, Greenland.
The United States Supreme Court made marriage equality federal law in Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice after the U. Colombia became the fourth Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage in In , Germany became the 15th European country to allow same-sex couples to wed. German Greens Party parliamentarian Volker Beck joins supporters of gay rights gathered outside the Chancellery to cut a cake in celebration following a vote at the nearby Bundestag which approved gay marriage in Germany on June 30, in Berlin, Germany.
And earlier this year nearly all of Malta's parliament voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. Australian lawmakers in December enacted the will of the majority of citizens who overwhelmingly voted in favor of same-sex marriage during a postal survey held weeks earlier. What a day for love, for quality, for respect! Australia has done it. Every Australian had their say and they said it is fair, get on with it! It is time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect, and we respect every Australian who has voted, those who voted yes, and those who voted no, this belongs to us all, this is Australia!