The 25 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is legal

The 25 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is legal

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france lgbt pride kids marchPeople demonstrate for the legalization of gay marriage and parenting on December 16, 2012 in Paris, France.Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images

2017 has been a big year for LGBTQI rights.

Both Malta and Germany legalized same-sex marriage and, this week, Australia made big strides towards doing so as well.

In a nation-wide postal poll, 61.6% of Australian voters said they were in favor of same-sex marriage, ensuring the federal government will try to pass a marriage equality bill before the end of the year.

Yet while demand continues to grow for LGBTQI rights, there are currently only 25 countries that allow same-sex couples to marry.

Keep scrolling to read the full list:

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1. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriages.

1. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriages.

Revelers on a boat parade the Prinsengracht canal participating in the Amsterdam Canal Parade during Amsterdam Gay Pride on August 2, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

The legislation gave same-sex couples the right to marry, divorce, and adopt children. 

Source: CBS News

2. Belgium followed suit in 2003 and granted equal rights to same-sex married couples.

2. Belgium followed suit in 2003 and granted equal rights to same-sex married couples.

Wedding conducted by Lord Mayor Willy Demeyer in Leige, Belgium on July 13, 2013.flamenc/Creative Commons

Beginning in 1998, the Belgian parliament offered limited rights to same-sex couples through registered partnerships. In 2003, the parliament legally recognized same-sex marriages.

Source: The Guardian

3. In 2005, the Canadian Parliament passed legislation making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

3. In 2005, the Canadian Parliament passed legislation making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

Spectators watch along Yonge Street, at the annual Pride Festival parade, July 3, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Ian Willms/Getty Images

In 1999, some provincial governments extended common law marriages to gay and lesbian couples, providing them with most of the legal benefits of marriage but laws varied across the country.

Source: CBC News

4. Also in 2005, a closely divided Spanish parliament agreed to do the same.

4. Also in 2005, a closely divided Spanish parliament agreed to do the same.

A reveler dressed with a gay pride flag walks the streets next to Cibeles Square before the Pride Parade during the Madrid Gay Pride Festival on June 29, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

The law guaranteed identical rights to all married couples regardless of sexual orientation.

Source: New York Times

5. After South Africa’s highest court ruled the country’s marriage laws violated the constitution’s guarantee of equal rights, parliament legalized same-sex marriage in 2006.

5. After South Africa's highest court ruled the country's marriage laws violated the constitution’s guarantee of equal rights, parliament legalized same-sex marriage in 2006.

Lesbian Angels march at the Gay Pride in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 7, 2006.Lesbian Angels/Creative Commons

Exemptions were also included in the new marriage law. Both religious institutions and civil officers could refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Source: NBC News

6. In 1993 Norway allowed gay couples to enter civil unions, but it took until 2008 for a Norway to pass a gender-neutral marriage law.

6. In 1993 Norway allowed gay couples to enter civil unions, but it took until 2008 for a Norway to pass a gender-neutral marriage law.

A fjord in Norway, with the Norwegian flag in the foreground, October 14 206.Graeme Maclean/Creative Commons

In January 2009, the bill was enacted into law, and gay couples were legally granted the right to marry, adopt children and receive artificial insemination.

Source: NBC News

7. In 2009,Sweden voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

 7. In 2009,Sweden voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

A pride flag waves on Saint James Church in Stockholm, Sweden, December 26, 2010.Sergey Ashmarin/Creative Commons

The bill passed with 261 votes in favor, 22 votes against and had 16 abstentions.

Source: BBC News

8. Iceland’s parliament voted unanimously to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.

8. Iceland's parliament voted unanimously to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.

LGBT pride march in Reykjavik, Iceland in August 2004. Henna/Creative Commons

Iceland’s then-Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir married her longtime partner Jonina Leosdottir as the law came into effect.

Source: The Telegraph

9. Portugal has also allowed same-sex marriage since 2010, after legislation was originally challenged by the country’s president.

9. Portugal has also allowed same-sex marriage since 2010, after legislation was originally challenged by the country's president.

A girl carries a flag during the LGBT march in Lisbon, Portugal, June 18, 2016.Pedro/Creative Commons

Portugal had passed a measure legalizing same-sex marriage in February of 2010, but Portugal’s former president, Anibal Cavaco Silva, asked the Constitutional Court to review the measure. In April 2010, the Constitutional Court declared the law to be constitutionally valid.

Source: The Guardian

10. In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage.

10. In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage.

LGBT Pride Marcha del Orgullo in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 7, 2009.Beatrice Murch/Creative Commons

Prior to the same-sex marriage law, a number of local jurisdictions, including the nation’s capital, Buenos Aires, had enacted laws allowing gays and lesbians to enter into civil unions.

Source: The Guardian

11. Denmark’s legalization came in 2012 after Queen Margrethe II gave her royal assent to the proposed legislation.

11. Denmark's legalization came in 2012 after Queen Margrethe II gave her royal assent to the proposed legislation.

The Danish National Association of Gays & Lesbians at Copenhagen’s LGBT Pride March in 2009.Ankara/Creative Commons

Denmark was the first country to allow same-sex couples to register as domestic partners in 1989.

Source: BBC News

12. Uruguay passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage in 2013.

12. Uruguay passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage in 2013.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Civil unions have been permitted in Uruguay since 2008, and in 2009 gay and lesbian couples were given adoption rights.

Source: BBC News

13. In 2013, New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to legislate for same-sex marriage.

13. In 2013, New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to legislate for same-sex marriage.

Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler walk down the aisle after being married at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, on August 19, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand.Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

The law won approval by a 77-44 margin in the country’s legislature, which included support from former Prime Minister John Key.

Source: SBS News

14. President Francois Hollande signed a measure legalizing marriage equality in France in 2013.

14. President Francois Hollande signed a measure legalizing marriage equality in France in 2013.

People demonstrate for the legalization of gay marriage and parenting on December 16, 2012 in Paris, France. Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images

Hollande’s signature had to wait until a court challenge brought by the conservative opposition party, the UMP, was resolved. France’s highest court, the Constitutional Council, ruled that the bill was constitutional.

Source: The Guardian

15. Brazil’s National Council of Justice ruled that same-sex couples should not be denied marriage licenses in 2013, allowing same-sex marriages to begin across the country.

15. Brazil’s National Council of Justice ruled that same-sex couples should not be denied marriage licenses in 2013, allowing same-sex marriages to begin across the country.

Drag queens Sara and Nina perform during an LGBT protest held inside city council on May 16, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Mario Tama/Getty Images

Prior to the law, only some of Brazil’s 27 jurisdictions had allowed same-sex marriage.

Source: The Australian

16. England and Wales became the first countries in the UK to pass marriage equality in 2014.

16. England and Wales became the first countries in the UK to pass marriage equality in 2014.

Gay couple Peter McGraith and David Cabreza married shortly after midnight at Islington Town Hall in one of the UK’s first same-sex weddings on March 29, 2014 in London, England.Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Northern Ireland and Scotland are semi-autonomous and have separate legislative bodies to decide many domestic issues. In 2017, a judge dismissed two cases on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Source: BBC News

17. Scotland voted overwhelmingly in favor of of legalizing same-sex marriage later in 2014.

17. Scotland voted overwhelmingly in favor of of legalizing same-sex marriage later in 2014.

A couple are married shortly after midnight in one of the first same-sex and belief category weddings in Scotland on December 31, 2014 in Glasgow, ScotlandMark Runnacles/Getty Images

In addition to allowing same-sex couples to wed, the measure gave churches and other religious groups the option to decide whether or not they want to service same-sex marriages.

Source: BBC News

18. Luxembourg overwhelmingly approved legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed and to adopt children that went into effect in 2015.

18. Luxembourg overwhelmingly approved legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed and to adopt children that went into effect in 2015.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (L) and his husband and First Gentleman Gauthier Destenay (R) celebrate with the American ambassador and his wife, July 3 2014.US Embassy Luxembourg/Creative Commons

The bill was spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel. Bettel married his long-time partner Gauthier Destenay a few months after the legislation passed.

Source: Reuters

19. Finland approved a marriage equality bill in 2014, but it only went into effect this year.

19. Finland approved a marriage equality bill in 2014, but it only went into effect this year.

Helsinki Pride 2007 marches through the street of Aleksanterinkatu in Helsinki, Finland on June 30, 2007.Markus Koljonen/Creative Commons

The bill started out as a public petition and was passed with 101-90 votes. 

Source: Reuters

20. Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote in 2015.

20. Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote in 2015.

Supporters in favour of same-sex marriage celebrate and cheer as thousands gather in Dublin Castle square awaiting the referendum vote outcome on May 23, 2015 in Dublin, IrelandPhoto by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

62% of the referendum’s respondents voted “yes” to amend the Constitution of Ireland to recognize same-sex marriage. Thousands of Irish emigrants had traveled home to participate in the popular vote.

Source: BBC News

21. Greenland, the world’s biggest island, passed same-sex legislation in 2015.

21. Greenland, the world's biggest island, passed same-sex legislation in 2015.

Homes are seen against the backdrop of mountains on July 28, 2013 in Nuuk, Greenland.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Although Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark, it was not subject to Denmark’s 2012 ruling on legalizing same-sex marriage.

Source: Copenhagen Post

22. The United States Supreme Court made marriage equality federal law in 2015.

22. The United States Supreme Court made marriage equality federal law in 2015.

Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice after the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage June 26, 2015 outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Same-sex marriage had been legal in 37 out of the 50 US states, plus the District of Columbia, prior to the 2015 ruling.

Source: CNN

23. Colombia became the fourth Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2016.

 23. Colombia became the fourth Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2016.

AUGUST 30: Sara Fuentes, originally from Colombia holds a flag from her home country during a naturalization ceremony August 30, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaJoe Raedle/Getty Images

Same-sex couples were already allowed to form civil partnerships before the ruling. 

Source: BBC News

24. In 2017, Germany became the 15th European country to allow same-sex couples to wed.

24. In 2017, 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, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany gave full marital rights to homosexual couples in a vote that Chancellor Angela Merkel vited against.

Source: New York Times

25. And earlier this year nearly all of Malta’s parliament voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

25. And earlier this year nearly all of Malta's parliament voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

A superyacht, the Indian Empress, owned by Vijay Mallya, stands in The Grand Harbour as seen from Valletta on March 29, 2017 in Vittoriosa, Malta.Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Despite opposition from the Catholic Church on the small Mediterranean island, marriage equality was passed by a landslide 66-1 vote.

Source: The Independent

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