June 26 marks the fifth 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. Below is a timeline for the 29 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal. The year marks when the law was first enacted in that country. The country became the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. The nation's traditional definition of civil marriage was changed to include the union between same-sex couples.
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Studies of homicide reports indicate Brazil is the most dangerous place in the world to be transgender. Experts say Latin America needs to address long-standing cultural biases, racial and income inequality in order to make the region safer for LGBT people. Decades ago, several Latin American governments were ruled by iron-fisted governments that considered homosexuality a scourge to the silenced. In Argentina, a far-right military dictatorship disappeared tens of thousands of suspected leftist dissidents.
Here are the 29 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal
While laws allowing same-sex marriage have become more common in European countries and in U. Most recently, the Mexican Supreme Court issued a ruling making it much easier for gay and lesbian couples to wed. The Mexican high court decision gave same-sex couples the right to seek a court injunction against state laws banning gay marriage, but it did not technically legalize same-sex unions nationwide. Gay marriage is currently legal in just a few Mexican states and jurisdictions. At the same time, strong conservative social views in many Latin American countries mean that this legal trend may not be primed to spread through the region in the near future.
Argentina legalized same-sex marriage back in , becoming the first country in Latin America to do so. In , Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Denmark was the first country in the world to recognize same-sex partnerships back in , and the Scandinavian country officially legalized same-sex marriage in France legalized same-sex marriage in and was the first country in the world to de-list transgender identification as a mental illness.