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Same-Sex Marriage, Around The World

NPR | June 27, 2013 7:52 a.m.

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Krishnadev Calamur

Vincent Autin, center, and Bruno Boileau speak to Montpellier, France, Mayor Helene Mandroux during their civil wedding at Montpellier City Hall on May 29. They were the first same-sex couple to marry in France after the government voted to legalize gay marriage.

Vincent Autin, center, and Bruno Boileau speak to Montpellier, France, Mayor Helene Mandroux during their civil wedding at Montpellier City Hall on May 29. They were the first same-sex couple to marry in France after the government voted to legalize gay marriage.

Claude Paris, AP

Same-sex couples rejoiced in the United States Wednesday, as the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling struck down as unconstitutional a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples.

That got us wondering: Where else in the world can same-sex couples get married legally?

Here’s a list of countries and the year each legalized gay marriage.

Netherlands – 2001

Belgium – 2003

Spain – 2005

Canada – 2005

South Africa – 2006

Norway – 2008

Sweden – 2009

Portugal – 2010

Iceland – 2010

Argentina – 2010

Denmark – 2012

Brazil – 2013

France – 2013

Additionally, lawmakers in New Zealand approved a bill in April to legalize same-sex marriages. The law is expected to go into effect in August. Similarly, lawmakers in Uruguay approved a similar measure in April. That law goes into effect in later this year.

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