Countries Around The World Where Same-Sex Marriage is Legal!

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Same-sex marriage, LGBT, gender neutral and rainbow weddings are on the rise. Actually, civil partnerships, traditional weddings and heterosexual married couples are no longer the social norm. And whether you want to believe it or not modern love weddings are here to stay.

For instance, more venues worldwide are celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. And acceptance of LGBTQ weddings are at an all-time high! Actually, with the launch of the UK’s first wedding planner for lesbian women – Chloe Bond weddings, things look pretty rosy for the gay community.

And there’s more… there are a handful of countries who allow gay couples to marry in church. Not to mention, there has been a fundamental change towards same-sex marriage. And together with that marriage equality has made a stand. Even the ex-president of the USA Obama said; “Yes we can!” to legally recognised gay weddings. Moreover, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) couples can share what Pride means to them on #MarryProud.

Additionally you can find out below which of the many countries have said YES to (LGBTQ) weddings. Another thing, I’ve listed the locations numerically. And it starts with the most liberal city in the world to officiate a same-sex wedding ceremony. So, here they are, let’s give these countries a big round of applause…

Countries celebrate diversity and inclusiveness

Gay marriage, status and dignity

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The Netherlands – 2000  

Firstly, (reported by AT5 Amsterdam television broadcasting company a lesbian couple married for the second time. And the Dutch-Belgium newlyweds toured the 25 countries in the world that have said yes to LGBTQ weddings.  Source:

Belgium – 2003  

Canada – 2005 

Spain – 2005 

South Africa – 2006

Norway – 2009

(Actually, this country held the first same-sex church wedding)

Sweden – 2009

Argentina – 2010

Iceland – 2010

Portugal – 2010

Denmark – 2012

Brazil – 2013

England and Wales – 2013

And there’s more…England and Wales held the 1st church wedding in 2014. And two women married at the Metropolitan community church in Bournemouth. Source: Moreover, the Rainbow flag flew over Whitehall to mark the first same-sex marriages.

France – 2013

New Zealand – 2013

Uruguay – 2013

Luxembourg – 2014

Scotland – 2014

(Ultimately, the first mainstream Christian church to allow same-sex marriages)

Finland – 2015 

(Additionally, Finnish Parliament officially approved gay weddings in March 2017.  And confirms that the country is the last one of the Nordics to instate gay marriage in law. – Nordic Business

Ireland – 2015

Mexico – 2015 

(Momentarily, not applicable in many of the Mexican jurisdictions. Mexico has not firmly established all parts of  it’s country to permit same-sex weddings. )

United States of America – 2015

Greenland – 2015

Colombia – 2016

Germany – 2017

Australia – 2017

Malta – 2017

Costa Rica – 2018 | 2019? 

[A ban on same-sex marriages in Costa Rica was ordered to be struck down by the country’s Supreme Court, which declared the law to be unconstitutional and discriminatory. The court ruling gives lawmakers 18 months to adjust the current law, Agence France-Presse reports.

The verdict is in line with an opinion given seven months ago by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that said homosexual couples have the same rights as heterosexual ones to marry.] Source:

Taiwan  – 2019

Which country is next to say YES to gay marriage? – 2019/2020



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