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The following countries have legalized same-sex marriage in all locations:

-The United States of America

-Canada

-Denmark

-Sweden

-Norway

-Iceland

-Finland (The law was signed in 2015, but will not be effective until 2017)

-The Netherlands

-Belgium

-Spain

-South Africa

-Argentina

-Portugal

-Brazil

-England and Wales

-France

-New Zealand

-Uruguay

-Luxembourg

-Scotland

-Ireland

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

  1. Netherlands (April 21, 2001);
  2. Belgium (June 1, 2003);
  3. Massachusetts, USA (May 17, 2004);
  4. Spain (July 3, 2005);
  5. Canada (nationwide July 20, 2005, although some provinces started earlier);
  6. South Africa (November 30, 2006);
  7. Connecticut, USA (November 12, 2008);
  8. Norway (January 1, 2009);
  9. Iowa, USA (April 3, 2009);
  10. Sweden (May 1, 2009);
  11. Coquille Tribal Reservation (in Oregon, USA) (May 24, 2009);
  12. Vermont, USA (September 1, 2009);
  13. Washington, DC, USA (December 18, 2009);
  14. New Hampshire, USA (January 1, 2010);
  15. Mexico City, Mexico (March 4, 2010);
  16. Portugal (June 5, 2010);
  17. Iceland (June 22, 2010);
  18. Argentina (July 22, 2010);
  19. New York, USA (July 24, 2011);
  20. Suquamish Tribal Reservation (in Washington state, USA) (August 1, 2011);
  21. Quintana Roo (state), Mexico (January 2012 due to legal loophole);
  22. Denmark (June 15, 2012);
  23. Saba (overseas territories of the Netherlands; October 10, 2012);
  24. Bonaire (overseas territories of the Netherlands; October 10, 2012);
  25. Sint Eustatius (overseas territories of the Netherlands; October 10, 2012);
  26. Washington (state), USA (December 6, 2012);
  27. Maine, USA (December 29, 2012);
  28. Maryland, USA (January 1, 2013);
  29. Reservation of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (in Michigan, USA) (March 8, 2013);
  30. Brazil (May 14, 2013, although some states started earlier);
  31. France (May 29, 2013);
  32. Wallis and Futuna (May 29, 2013);
  33. New Caledonia (May 29, 2013);
  34. French Polynesia (May 29, 2013); and,
  35. Adelie Land, Antarctica (May 29, 2013).
  36. Uruguay (June 19, 2013);
  37. Colombia (June 20, 2013);
  38. California (state), USA (June 28, 2013);
  39. Delaware (state), USA (July 1, 2013);
  40. California (state), USA (June 28, 2013, and June 16 - November 5, 2008);
  41. Rhode Island (state), USA (August 1, 2013);
  42. Minnesota (state), USA (August 1, 2013);
  43. New Zealand (August 19, 2013);
  44. Cheyenne and Arapaho Reservation (in Oklahoma, USA) (October 2013);
  45. New Jersey (state), USA (October 21, 2013);
  46. Hawaii (state), USA (December 2, 2013);
  47. New Mexico (state), USA (December 19, 2013, although some counties started earlier);
  48. England (March 29, 2014);
  49. Wales (March 29, 2014);
  50. Oaxaca (state), Mexico (April 24, 2014);
  51. Oregon (state), USA (May 19, 2014);
  52. Pennsylvania (state), USA (May 20, 2014);
  53. Illinois (state), USA (June 1, 2014);
  54. Coahuila (state), Mexico (September 2014);
  55. Utah (state), USA (October 6, 2014 and December 20, 2013 to January 6, 2013);
  56. Wisconsin (state), USA (October 6, 2014 and one day on June 6, 2014);
  57. Virginia (state), USA (October 6, 2014);
  58. Oklahoma (state), USA (October 6, 2014);
  59. Indiana (state), USA (October 7, 2014);
  60. Colorado (state), USA (October 7, 2014);
  61. Nevada (state), USA (October 9, 2014);
  62. West Virginia (state), USA (October 9, 2014);
  63. North Carolina (state), USA (October 10, 2014);
  64. Alaska (state), USA (October 12, 2014);
  65. Idaho (state), USA (October 15, 2014);
  66. Arizona (state), USA (October 17, 2014);
  67. Wyoming (state), USA (October 21, 2014);
  68. Missouri (state), USA (performed in some counties; recognized in all counties; November 5, 2014);
  69. Kansas (state), USA; (contested by state; November 13, 2014);
  70. South Carolina (state), USA (November 19, 2014);
  71. Montana (state), USA (November 19, 2014);
  72. Scotland (December 16, 2014); and,
  73. Luxembourg (January 1, 2015).

Currently, these jurisdictions 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 August 10, 2010);
  6. United States (federal recognition June 26, 2013); and,
  7. Missouri (state), USA (October 6, 2014).



There are other jurisdictions that grant same-sex couples rights and responsibilities similar or even identical to legal marriage, but the jurisdictions listed above are the only ones where same-sex marriage is currently legal.
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As of January, 2015, Same sex marriage is legally performed and recognized in the following 19 countries


  1. Argentina
  2. Belgium
  3. Brazil
  4. Canada
  5. Denmark
  6. France
  7. Iceland
  8. Luxembourg
  9. Mexico: only in CA, QR, DF
  10. Netherlands
  11. New Zealand
  12. Norway
  13. Portugal
  14. South Africa
  15. Spain
  16. Sweden
  17. United Kingdom: only in England and Wales, Scotland
  18. United States: only in AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME,MD, MA, MN, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, DC, 21 tribes
  19. Uruguay

Furthermore, Same-sex marriages performed elsewhere are recognized in Israel, Missouri, and some cities in Italy.

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Currently, these jurisdictions permit same-sex couples to marry (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. Mexico City, Mexico (March 4, 2010)
  9. Portugal (June 5, 2010)
  10. Iceland (June 22, 2010)
  11. Argentina (July 22, 2010)
  12. Quintana Roo (state), Mexico (effective January 2012)
  13. Denmark (June 15, 2012)
  14. Saba (overseas territory of the Netherlands, effective October 10, 2012)
  15. Bonaire (overseas territory of the Netherlands, effective October 10, 2012)
  16. Sint Eustatius (overseas territory of the Netherlands, effective October 10, 2012)
  17. Brazil (May 14, 2013, although some states started earlier)
  18. France (May 29, 2013)
  19. Uruguay (June 19, 2013)
  20. Colombia (June 20, 2013)
  21. New Zealand (August 19, 2013)
  22. England (March 29, 2014)
  23. Wales (March 29, 2014)
  24. Oaxaca (state), Mexico (April 24, 2014)
  25. Coahuila (state), Mexico (September 2014)
  26. Scotland - December 16, 2014
  27. Luxembourg - January 1, 2015
  28. Chihuahua (state), Mexico - June 12, 2015
  29. United States of America - June 26, 2015 (including Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands) (most states started earlier)
  30. Ireland - June 2015 (projected)
  31. Greenland - October 1, 2015 (projected)
  32. Finland - 2017 (projected)

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


Also same-sex marriage is possible in these Antarctic territories:


  1. Argentine Antarctica;
  2. Peter I Island (of Norway);
  3. Queen Maud Land (of Norway);
  4. Ross Dependency (of New Zealand); and,
  5. Adelie Land (territory of France).
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