Countries That Recognize Gay Marriage (full equality)
Netherlands - legalized gay marriage on April 1, 2001.
Belgium - legalized gay marriage on Jan 30, 2003.
Spain - legalized gay marriage on June 30, 2005.
Canada - legalized gay marriage on July 20, 2005
South Africa - legalized gay marriage on Nov 30, 2006.
Norway - legalized gay marriage on May 11, 2008.
Sweden - legalized gay marriage on May 1, 2009.
Portugal - legalized gay marriage on May 17, 2010.
Iceland - legalized gay marriage on June 27, 2010.
Argentina - legalized gay marriage on July 15, 2010.
Denmark - legalized gay marriage on June, 2012.
Uruguay - legalized gay marriage on April 11, 2013.
New Zealand - legalized gay marriage on April 17, 2013.
Brazil - legalized gay marriage on May 14, 2013.
France - legalized gay marriage on May 18, 2013.
U.S. - DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act) was repealed on June 26, 2013, meaning that the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage, however states are still able to decide for themselves regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage.
UK - legalized gay marriage on July 18, 2013, paving the way for the first same sex weddings on March 29, 2014.
Luxembourg - legalized gay marriage on January 1, 2015.
Ireland - legalized gay marriage on May 22, 2015. Same sex marriages will take place starting in September, 2015.
Countries That Allow Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships or Civil Unions
Austria Registered partnerships have been legal in Austria since January 1, 2010.
Croatia Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been granted since 2003.
Czech Republic The registered partnership law for same-sex couples was passed in March 2006 and went into effect on July 1, 2006.
Ecuador The 2008 Constitution of Ecuador enacted civil unions between two people without regard to gender, giving same-sex couples the same rights as legally married heterosexual couples except for the right to adopt.
Finland Has offered registered partnership benefits since September 2001.
Germany As of October 22, 2009, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany has ruled that all the rights and obligations of marriage be extended to same-sex registered partners
Hungary Gay couples have been protected under common-law marriages since 1995; however they are not eligible for legal marriage and same-sex marriage is prohibited by the 2011 Consitution of Hungary.
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein recognizes registered partnerships since September 1, 2011.
Mexico Same sex civil unions were legalized in Mexico City in November 2006 and in the state of Coahuila on January of 2007, essentially making civil unions legal in all of Mexico (by law, each Mexican state must recognize the laws granted to individuals of the other states).
Slovenia On June 16, 2011, a new Family Code was passed which gave registered same-sex partners all the rights of married couples, except with regards to joint adoption. As of December 2011, it is likely that this Family Code will be challenged at a national referendum.
Switzerland Same-sex couples are given limited legal benefits with civil recognition.
US States That Recognize Gay Marriage
Massachusetts - On May 17, 2004 Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. The State of Massachusetts also issues licenses to gay couples from New Mexico and Rhode Island since neither state explicitly prohibits same-sex marriage.
California - June 16, 2008 were permitted, then suspended on Nov 5, 2008. Same-sex marriages resumed on June 28, 2013.
Connecticut - began performing marriages of same-sex couples on Nov 12, 2008.
Iowa - Same-sex marriage in Iowa became legal on April 27, 2009.
Vermont - legalized civil unions in 2000, and marriage equality became law on Sept 1, 2009. After this date no further civil unions will be created. Civil unions created prior to this date will retain their status, but these couples will have the option of entering a marriage.
New Hampshire - Same-sex marriage became legal on Jan 1, 2010. Civil Unions will no longer be performed and will become marriages by Jan 1, 2011 unless otherwise dissolved, annulled or previously converted to marriage.
District of Columbia - Same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia was legalized on December 18, 2009. Marriage licenses became available on March 3, 2010, and marriages began on March 9, 2010.
New York - Same-sex marriage became legal on July 24, 2011 under the Marriage Equality Act. The Marriage Equality Act does not have a residency restriction like some other states. and allows religious organizations to decline from officiating same sex wedding ceremonies.
Washington - Same-sex marriage bill was approved on Dec 6, 2012.
Maine - legalized same-sex marriage on Dec 29, 2012.
Maryland - marriage equality became legal on Jan 1, 2013.
California - June 28, 2013.
Delaware - passed by the Delaware General Assembly on July 1, 2013
Rhode Island - passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly on Aug 1, 2013.
Minnesota - passed by the Minnesota Legislature on Aug 1, 2013
New Jersey - passed by the New Jersey Superior Court on Oct 21, 2013
Hawaii - passed by the Hawaii Legislature on Dec 2, 2013
New Mexico - had no law on the books that specifically banned marriage equality. As a result the state Supreme Court said on Dec 19, 2013 that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Utah - on Dec 20, 2013 a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law "conflicts with the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process under the law.
Oregon - May 19, 2014
Pennsylvania - May 20, 2014
Illinios - June 1, 2014
Oklahoma - Oct 6, 2014
Utah - Oct 6, 2014
Virginia - Oct 6, 2014
Indiana - Oct 6, 2014
Wisconsin - Oct 6, 2014
Colorado - Oct 7, 2014
Nevada - Oct 9, 2014
West Virginia - Oct 9, 2014
North Carolina - Oct 10, 2014
Idaho - Oct 13, 2014
Alaska - Oct 17, 2014
Arizona - Oct 17, 2014
Wyoming - Oct 21, 2014
Kansas - Nov 12, 2014
Montana - Nov 19, 2014
South Carolina - Nov 20, 2014
Florida - Jan 6, 2015
Alabama - Feb 9, 2015
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