From Netherlands To Nepal, Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal Nationwide In THESE Countries

As the Pride Month is soon to end, here are the countries that have legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.

by Tooba Shaikh
From Netherlands To Nepal, Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal Nationwide In THESE Countries

Pride Month is not just about parades, festivals and photo-ops with rainbow flags that make you look cool. Pride Month is also about reflecting on how far the world has come in recognising queer people and legitimising their existence by giving them due legal rights. It is also about reflecting on how long we have yet to go and how to best educate people against hatred and prejudice. So as the month is soon to end, here are the countries that have legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.

Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal In These Countries Nationwide

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1. The Netherlands, 2001

The Netherlands was the very first country in the entire world to legalise same-sex marriage.

2. Belgium, 2003

Following suit with its neighbour, the Netherlands, Belgium, too, legalised same-sex marriage in 2003.

3. Spain, 2005

Though the vote was very divided in the parliament at the time, Spain legalised same-sex marriage in 2005.

4. Canada, 2005

Same-sex marriage was legal in many Canadian provinces before but in 2005, it was legalised nationwide.

5. South Africa, 2006

It is so far the only African country that has legalised same-sex marriage.

6. Norway, 2009

While same-sex civil unions have been permitted since 1993, in 2009, marriages were legalised as well.

7. Sweden, 2009

Like Norway, civil unions for queer couples were allowed since 1995 but in 2009, marriage became legal.

8. Portugal, 2010

Portugal’s Constitutional Court approved the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2010.

9. Iceland, 2010

Once same-sex marriage was legalised, the Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir married her longtime partner, Jónína Leósdóttir. She became one of the first openly queer political figures.

10. Argentina, 2010

This was the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage.

11. Denmark, 2012

The Danish government legalised same-sex marriage in 2012.

12. Brazil, 2013

Of the 27 jurisdictions of Brazil, almost half had already legalised marriage for queer people. This ruling in 2013 just made it legal nationwide.

13. France, 2013

Marriage equality in France has been prevalent since 2013.

14. Uruguay, 2013

After Argentina, Uruguay is the 2nd Latin American country to legalise marriage for queer people. 

15. New Zealand, 2013

New Zealand legalised same-sex marriage in 2013.

16. The United Kingdom, 2014, 2020

England, Wales and Scotland legalised same-sex marriage in 2014 while Northern Ireland legalised it in 2020.

17. Luxembourg, 2015

The Prime Minister of the country, Xavier Bettel, is openly gay and championed rights for queer people in the country.

18. The United States Of America, 2015

When the US legalised marriage for queer people, it made headlines throughout the world.

19. Ireland, 2015

The independent Ireland legalised marriage for queer people in 2005.

20. Greenland, 2016

An autonomous territory of Denmark, Greenland legalised same-sex marriage in 2016.

21. Colombia, 2016

The Constitutional Court of Columbia gave marriage rights to queer people via votes.

22. Finland, 2017

With more than 166,000 signatures, the law legalising marriage for queer couples was passed.

23. Malta, 2017

Marriage for queer couples was legalised in Malta after unanimous voting.

24. Germany, 2017

Germany legalised queer marriage after the parliament voted for it.

25. Australia, 2017

In a nationwide referendum, Australia allowed gay people to marry.

26. Austria, 2019

The Austrian court passed a ruling which let queer people marry.

27. Taiwan, 2019

This country made history by becoming the first in Asia to legalise marriage for queer people.

28. Ecuador, 2019

The Ecuadorian court ruled in favour of marriage for queer people.

29. Costa Rica, 2020

In Central America, this was the first country that legalised marriage for queer people.

30. Chile, 2022

The Chilean government was the sixth Latin American country to legalise marriages for queer people.

31. Switzerland, 2022

Switzerland voted to legalise marriage for queer people in 2022.

32. Slovenia, 2022

This is the first Eastern European country to legalise marriage for queer people.

33. Cuba, 2022

When a referendum on family law was undertaken in Cuba, same-sex marriage was legalised as part of it.

34. Mexico, 2022

Prior to legalising queer marriages, it declared bans on it unconstitutional in 2015.

35. Andorra, 2023

This small island legalised same-sex marriage last year.

36. Estonia, 2024

Estonia is the latest country in Northern Europe to legalise marriage for all regardless of gender.

37. Greece, 2024

Marriage equality in Greece prevailed and marriage regardless of gender was made possible for all.

38. Nepal, 2024

Our neighbour was the 2nd Asian country to legalise marriage for queer people.

Also Read: Thailand To Become The 1st Southeast Asian Country To Legalise Same-Sex Marriage; Landmark Bill Approved By Senate

Countries Soon To Legalise It

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  1. Thailand, 2024

Thailand recently passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage with an overwhelming Senate majority. After the pro forma endorsement of the King, it will be implemented within 120 days of its publication in The Gazette.

  1. Liechtenstein, 2025

A bill was passed in May 2024 and its implementation will take place from January 1, 2025.

Also Read: Nepal Officially Registered Its 1st Same-Sex Marriage; Becomes 1st South Asian Country To Do So

Don’t you think it’s time India joined this list of countries too? How do you think we can help push the movement further? Let us know in the comments section below!

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