Countries Where Gay Marriage Is Legal

If the thousands of rainbow coloured Facebook profile images haven’t clued you too it yet, a landmark decision by the US supreme court on Sunday the 26th of July ruled that Same-Sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states.

Western society will normally take its cues from the States so further adoption of this attitude to allowing marriage laws to allow for same-sex couples to get married will continue to grow. With that in mind the USA hasn’t been a total front runner of this change. The Netherlands legalised it in 2000 and New Zealand legalized Same-Sex marriage back in 2013.

Infographic: The Countries Where Gay Marriage Is Legal | Statista

California was the first state in the USA to legalise Same-Sex marriage in 2008, and since then a few other states have followed suite, although at a painfully slow rate for advocates and people wanting to get married.

In the court appeal itself it was noted succinctly the position of both sides of the fight.

“The history of marriage as a union between two persons of the opposite sex marks the beginning of these cases. To the respondents, it would demean a timeless institution if marriage were extended to same-sex couples. But the petitioners, far from seeking to de-value marriage, seek it for themselves because of their respect—and need—for its privileges and responsibilities, as illustrated by the petitioners’ own experiences.”

Expect to see more purple on that graph soon.


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