Today marks the fourth anniversary of gay marriage being legalized across the entire United States. To commemorate this milestone in LGBTQ history, we are taking a look at countries around the world that have officially legalized same-sex marriage. Thirty out of countries have passed laws allowing gay marriage , according to the Pew Research Center. Below is a timeline for the 30 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal.
Today marks 50 years since the June Stonewall Riots and LGBTQ people all over the world are gearing up for a weekend of celebrations to remember the event that sparked a revolution in gay rights. Looking back over the past half-century, much has been achieved in the fight for LGBTQ equality in the United States, even though there is still more work to do. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of other countries, many of which are still waiting for some event akin to Stonewall to ignite their own push to achieve equality for their gay communities. In , homosexuality is still punishable by death in at least ten countries and it remains illegal in countless others. Most recently Brunei provoked international outraged when it introduced strict new Islamic laws in April that made homosexual activity punishable by stoning to death.
Rights affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people vary greatly by country or jurisdiction — encompassing everything from the legal recognition of same-sex marriage to the death penalty for homosexuality. In addition, the death penalty is a possible punishment in 6 other countries: Afghanistan, Brunei, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Following the issuance of the report, the United Nations urged all countries which had not yet done so to enact laws protecting basic LGBT rights. According to Aristotle , although most "belligerent nations" were strongly influenced by their women, the Celts were unusual because their men openly preferred male lovers Politics II b. Rankin in Celts and the Classical World notes that "Athenaeus echoes this comment a and so does Ammianus
Nearly two dozen governments around the world have introduced legislation allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The majority of these are in Europe and the Americas. Ireland made headlines in May after becoming the first country in the world to introduce same-sex marriage through a popular vote. More than 62 percent voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage 22 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised in the country. Greenland's parliament has also unanimously approved same-sex marriage and adoption.