On June 26, , the U. The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage nationwide, including in the 14 states that did not previously allow gays and lesbians to wed. As we approach the fourth anniversary of the ruling, here are five key facts about same-sex marriage:. Around four-in-ten U. But views are largely unchanged over the last few years.
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Mapped: Where is same sex marriage legal in the world?
Same-sex marriage supporters cheer outside the Legislative Yuan Friday, May 17, , in Taipei, Taiwan after the legislature passed a law allowing same-sex marriage. Taiwanese gay rights activists have celebrated the island's historic move to legalize same-sex marriage with a mass wedding banquet for twenty couples and more than 1, guests, with hundreds more well-wishers picnicking outside the venue to show their support. Saturday's feast came after the Taiwanese parliament enacted a bill to recognize the rights of same-sex couples, making Taiwan the first jurisdiction in Asia to do so and the twenty-sixth in the world. LoveWon has trended on Twitter, not least because President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted it as the votes came in to approve the bill her cabinet had drafted. The Taiwan vote on May 16 should not be understood narrowly as only a victory for same-sex couples who wish to wed—it is a precedent for Asia set by a democratically-elected government, which emphasizes the importance of protecting an often-beleaguered minority from persecution and discrimination. In terms of marriage rights, attention may now turn to Japan or Thailand as perhaps the next territories to recognize same-sex relationships, because in both states, there is already significant momentum. Twenty municipal governments across Japan recognize same-sex relationships by handing out symbolic though unofficial "partnership certificates," and a high-profile lawsuit filed earlier this year will challenge the lack of relationship rights at the national level.
Here’s a Map of the States Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal
Gabrielle Emanuel. Same-sex marriage seemed impossible until the first couples were married in Massachusetts 15 years ago this week. Now it is the law of the land, but not everyone wants it to stay that way. The first legal same-sex marriage in the U.
A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not. Below is a list of countries that have legalized the practice, with the most recent countries to do so shown first.