So where can you legally have a same sex marriage?
To date, thirty countries have approved the freedom to marry for same sex couples, and there are other countries taking steps toward it…I have listed all the gay marriage countries below (followed by the countries which recognise Same Sex Civil Unions).
As with all couples, if you are planning a destination wedding you will need to ensure that you fulfil the legal requirements in the country in which you wish to be married. I would highly recommend obtaining expert advice because the legal validity of your marriage is subject to both the country in which you have your wedding and your country of residence. Although same sex marriages are legal in some countries they may not be recognised under the laws of your home country.
The first country to legalise gay marriage was The Netherlands in 2000 followed by Belgium in 2003. Ireland recently made history being the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage by popular vote…it appears as if the tide is turning.
As of July 2020 here is a list of Gay Marriage Countries:
- Austria (2019)
- Belguim (2003)
- Denmark (2012)
- England / Wales /(2013) Scotland (2014) / Northern Ireland (2019)
- Finland (including Finish Lapland) (2017)
- France (2013)
- Germany (2017)
- Greenland (2015)
- Iceland (2010)
- Ireland (2015)
- Luxumberg (2014)
- Malta (2017)
- The Netherlands (2000)
- Norway (2009)
- Spain (2005)
- Sweden (2009)
- Argentina (2010)
- Brazil (2013)
- Canada (2005)
- Columbia (2016)
- Costa Rica(2020)
- Ecuador (2019)
- *Mexico (2010)
- United States of America (2015)
- Uruguay (2013)
- South Africa (2006)
*Mexico – Since August 2010, same-sex marriages performed within Mexico are recognised by the 31 states.
Sams Sex Civil Unions and Registered Partnerships
The recognition of Same Sex Civil Unions are recognised in the following countries:
- Japan (Iga, Naha, Setagaya, Shibuya, Takarazuka)
Click here for more information and articles on Civil Unions and Same Sex Marriages in different countries.