People fighting for same-sex marriage rights around the world have seen global support increase in recent years. Australia, Malta, and Germany legalized same-sex marriage in 2017, and Taiwan made history last month , becoming the first government in Asia to welcome legislation on marriage equality.
Ecuador is the latest nation to join the fold, as the country’s highest court on Wednesday voted 5-4 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage after a long legal battle with same-sex couples and advocates. The court has instructed the government to pass legislation ensuring equal treatment for all citizens who wish to marry.
There are currently only 28 countries that allow same-sex couples to marry.
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1. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriages.
The legislation gave same-sex couples the right to marry, divorce, and adopt children.
Source: CBS News
2. Belgium followed suit in 2003 and granted equal rights to same-sex married couples.
Beginning in 1998, the Belgian parliament offered limited rights to same-sex couples through registered partnerships. In 2003, the parliament legally recognized same-sex marriages.
Source: The Guardian
3. In 2005, the Canadian Parliament passed legislation making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
In 1999, some provincial governments extended common law marriages to gay and lesbian couples, providing them with most of the legal benefits of marriage but laws varied across the country.
Source: CBC News
4. Also in 2005, a closely divided Spanish parliament agreed to do the same.
The law guaranteed identical rights to all married couples regardless of sexual orientation.
Source: New York Times
5. After South Africa’s highest court ruled the country’s marriage laws violated the constitution’s guarantee of equal rights, parliament legalized same-sex marriage in 2006.
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Source:: Business Insider