All the countries where same-sex marriage is legal
Could Bulgaria and Northern Ireland soon join this list?
A court in Bulgaria recently recognized the marriage of a same-sex couple married in France, a decision that could prove important in the fight to legalize equal marriage in Bulgaria itself. And in other news, Northern Ireland's parliament seems set to legalize same-sex marriage in the country by early 2020.
Indeed, of the planet’s 195 countries, not even 40 have legalized same-sex marriage yet. By contrast, same-sex sexual activity is illegal in over 70 countries across the globe.
Still, the world has undoubtedly come a long way since the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, this in 2000.
Canada became the first North American country to do so (in 2005); South Africa the first, and still only, in Africa (2006); Norway was the first Scandinavian country (2009); Argentina the first in Latin America (2010); New Zealand the first Asia-Pacific country (2013); and, just this May, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.
Add to this more than 20 other examples, all with their own intricacies, from court rulings to parliamentary votes.
To find out more, click through the following gallery and discover all the countries where same-sex marriage is legal.