10 Countries Where Gay Marriage is Legal


In 2019, over 29 countries have officially legalized gay marriage. It may seem like a small number, but it’s a big celebration for the LGBTQ+ community because they have been fighting for equal rights on marriage. And although this is a small number compared to countries that don’t legalize gay-marriage, its a big start for them. 

If you’re wondering which countries can legally wed gay couples, here’s a quick list for you:

1. Netherlands

The Netherlands, a part of northwestern Europe, was the first country ever to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2001. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and there are a lot of great spots to celebrate gay weddings there. Newlyweds can spend their honeymoon in the Hotel Pulitzer with its picturesque canal.

a port with two Netherlands flags

2. Belgium 

In 2003, just two years after Netherlands’ declaration, Belgium (Western Europe) also announced the legalization of same-sex marriage as well. If you’re thinking about getting married in Belgium, you can get married in Bruges, which has a great view of its bridges, canals, and cobblestone streets.

Belgian flag

3. Spain

Sometime after the Netherlands and Belgium’s announcement, Spain also pledged their allegiance to the LGBTQ+ community. Spain is part of Europe’s the Iberian Peninsula and the country legalized same-sex marriage in 2005. 

old building structure with the flag of Spain

4. Canada

The North American country, Canada, is the first non-European country ever to announce its legalization of same-sex marriage. This historic moment happened back in 2005.

a lady wearing the Canada flag overlooking a lake

5. South Africa 

Africa, as a continent, has conflicting opinions on marriage or even gay relationships. Some African countries also considered homosexual acts as crimes. But in 2006, South Africa embraced change and legalized same-sex marriage. 

combined South African map and flag

6. Norway 

Norway, a Nordic country in the northern part of Europe, is also one of the European countries that legalized gay marriage in the year 2009. The country has a lot of gay-friendly events and scenery for gay couples to enjoy.

flag of Norway on a mountain top

7. Sweden

In 2009, the same year as Norway’s declaration, the Scandinavian country of Sweden also announced their support for same-sex marriage. Norway is known for its coastal islands, so a proper beachfront wedding ceremony and reception is an excellent way to celebrate it.

a girl's painted face of the Sweden flag

8. Portugal 

There are no signs of stopping for European countries in supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Portugal, found in the southern part of Europe, legalized gay marriage in 2010.

a street corridor with the Portugal flag

9. Iceland 

Iceland is another Nordic country of Europe to legalize gay marriage, declaring it in the same year as Portugal in 2010. And because Iceland is known for its picturesque mountains, a wedding within the area is undoubtedly a creative way to celebrate it.

a statue with the Iceland flag

10. Argentina 

The second country from America to support same-sex marriage next to Canada is Argentina in 2010. You can find this country in the southern part of America. Catholic churches are opposed to same-sex marriage, and even if Argentina is a Catholic country, Spain’s declaration inspired the country to follow suit.

a lady wearing an Argentina flag

Final Thoughts

More countries support same-sex marriage now and people have opened their minds to this social issue. And although the list is just a tiny percent of the world, knowing that there are countries that support the LGBTQ+ community is already a big win. Which countries do you like best?

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