10 Countries that Allow Same-Sex Marriage 10 Countries that Allow Same-Sex Marriage
Take a look at ten other countries that have legalized same-sex marriage...1. The Netherlands 2. Belgium 3. Canada... 10 Countries that Allow Same-Sex Marriage

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that all states are required to recognize same-sex marriages in a historic victory for LGBT rights. In light of this decision, take a look at ten other countries that have legalized same-sex marriage.

1. The Netherlands

In December 2000, the Netherlands was the first country to legalize marriage between same-sex partners. The first legal gay marriage in the entire world took place in Amsterdam on April 1, 2001. The law requires at least one partner to be a Dutch national or live in the Netherlands.

2. Belgium

Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003. At first, married gay and lesbian couples were not allowed to adopt children, but in 2006, Parliament passed a co-parenting law for same-sex couples. In order to marry your lesbian partner in Belgium, one of you must become a Belgium resident for at least three months before you wed.

3. Canada

It has been over a decade since Canada legalized same-sex marriage in 2005. Since Canada has no residency requirements for marriage, gay and lesbian couples from the United States were able to cross the border to get hitched. Of course, this is no longer necessary since the U.S. has legalized same-sex marriage.

4. Ireland

In May 2015, Ireland certainly was not the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, but it was the first country to pass the law by popular national vote. The referendum was passed with over 62 percent of voters supporting the freedom to marry.

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5. France

If you dream of eloping in one of the most romantic countries in the world, pack your bags, because same-sex marriage has been legal in France since 2013. However, unless you have a parent living in France, you will need special permission to marry there. As with hetero couples, you must have a civil ceremony first, followed by whatever type of ceremony you desire. Most couples from away find it easier to have their civil ceremony in their home country before traveling to France for a religious, secular or other type of wedding.

6. New Zealand

In 2013, New Zealand became the 13th country to recognize same-sex marriage and the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize it. The first gay and lesbian weddings in the country took place in August 2013, with many Australian couples flying to New Zealand to tie the knot.

7. United Kingdom

Since same-sex marriage became legal in the United Kingdom, it is reported that over 15,000 gay and lesbian weddings have taken place. England and Wales were the first UK countries to allow same-sex marriage in the spring of 2014, with Scotland only a few months behind them.

8. South Africa

On December 1, 2006, South Africa’s first legal gay wedding took place after Parliament voted to end the exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage. One year earlier, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that a ban against same-sex marriage violates the country’s constitution and gave Parliament one year to get things in order and comply with this law.

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9. Sweden

Since 2009, same-sex couples have been able to legally wed in Sweden. The law provides married same-sex couples with the same rights as married heterosexual couples. Additionally, lesbians who want to bear children have the right to receive a medically assisted insemination in Sweden.

10. Argentina

In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The legislation gives married gay and lesbian couples the same rights and protections as married hetero couples, including the right to adopt a child.

There are currently 20 countries around the world that give same-sex couples the freedom to marry. It has been a long road for the LGBT community, but progress is slowly being made.

J.R. Mitchell

J.R. Mitchell

J.R. Mitchell is a Husson University graduate and contributing writer for a number of health and lifestyle blogs. After spending too many years sitting in rush hour traffic, she gave up her 9 to 5 career to write full time. She is a strong human rights advocate and animal welfare volunteer.