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Which countries have legalized same-sex marriage?

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October 25, 2014 2:23AM

Currently, these countries permit same-sex couples to marry nationwide (in chronological order):

  1. Netherlands (April 21, 2001)
  2. Belgium (June 1, 2003)
  3. Spain (July 3, 2005)
  4. Canada (nationwide July 20, 2005, although some provinces started earlier)
  5. South Africa (November 30, 2006)
  6. Norway (January 1, 2009)
  7. Sweden (May 1, 2009)
  8. Portugal (June 5, 2010)
  9. Iceland (June 22, 2010)
  10. Argentina (July 22, 2010)
  11. Denmark (June 15, 2012)
  12. Brazil (nationwide May 14, 2013, although some states started earlier)
  13. France (May 29, 2013)
  14. Uruguay (June 19, 2013)
  15. Colombia (June 20, 2013)
  16. New Zealand (August 19, 2013)
  17. England (March 29, 2014)
  18. Wales (March 29, 2014)
  19. Scotland (December 16, 2014)
  20. Luxembourg (January 1, 2015)
  21. Ireland (June 2015 projected)
  22. United States (June 26, 2015) (includes Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands) (most states started earlier)
  23. Greenland (October 1, 2015 projected)
  24. Finland (March 1, 2017 projected)

Currently, these countries recognize same-sex marriage performed elsewhere (in chronological order):
  1. Israel (November 21, 2006)
  2. Aruba, marriages performed in the Netherlands only (April 21, 2010)
  3. Curacao, marriages performed in the Netherlands only (April 21, 2010)
  4. Sint Maarten, marriages performed in the Netherlands only (April 21, 2010)
  5. Mexico (nationwide recognition August 10, 2010)

There are other countries that grant same-sex couples rights and responsibilities similar or even identical to legal marriage, but the countries listed above are the only ones where same-sex marriage is currently legal nationwide.