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Can you name the regions and countries where it is legal to perform same-sex marriages?
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This is only for full marriage rights, not civil unions or recognizing marriages performed elsewhere. Note: three world capitals are included where gay marriage is legal to perform in that region.
Note: The Mexican and Brazilian states that allow gay marriage are now listed as bonuses under the US States.
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Jun 25th, 2011 at 02:21 GMT
Yes, I am aware I am jumping the gun a little bit as I'm watching the NY Senate session right now, but it got past the procedural vote. This is just such an exciting day!
Jun 25th, 2011 at 03:53 GMT
It's perhaps a bit obscure for this quiz, but had you considered the Coquille tribe in Oregon, if only for the sake of recognition?
Jun 25th, 2011 at 03:59 GMT
@BombaySapphire I considered it, since they aren't bound by the Oregon law banning it, but I guess their reservation counts. I'll add it as a bonus. My goal is to have this quiz essentially have to be updated until it is the same as the Countries of the World quiz.
Jun 25th, 2011 at 17:42 GMT
Like everything in life, New England leads the way again.
Jun 25th, 2011 at 18:52 GMT
Like everything in life, the Netherlands lead the way again.
Jun 26th, 2011 at 01:30 GMT
And thus far, not one of these countries has been blighted by plagues, super-volcanoes or any other noticeable sign of vengeful wrath. Looks like homosexuality isn't such a big sin after all! Sproutcm, I admire your optimism in making it your goal to update this until it becomes a new Countries of the World. Sadly I suspect you'll be old and grey before you manage to complete Africa or the Middle East - congratulations to New York on passing the vote.
Jun 26th, 2011 at 02:51 GMT
Under these circumstances, and in your excitement, I think you can be forgiven for a premature release.
I suspect you may have to wait a while on Saudi Arabia and Vatican City, but good luck.
Jun 27th, 2011 at 14:15 GMT
Its a shame the quiz is so short.....
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Jun 27th, 2011 at 17:46 GMT
how about the UK and ireland. I'm pretty sure elton john married legally in england
Jun 27th, 2011 at 18:08 GMT
@lucia - It's not "marriage" in the UK or Ireland - it's labeled as a civil union.
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Jun 29th, 2011 at 02:06 GMT
@bazmerelda, why the jab at Africa? I resent the implication that they're somehow more backwards than the rest of the world, when the supposed "leaders of the free world" such as the United States (and plenty of other Western countries, as can be seen in this quiz) are still in the same boat with regards to this issue.
Jun 29th, 2011 at 12:41 GMT
@hollabackitsobi It was hardly a mindless "jab at Africa". My comment was just a reflection on the often violent homophobia which currently prevails on the continent. They are a long way behind in LGBT rights and show few signs of overtaking the Western countries you are referring to. In fact, some countries, such as Uganda are attempting to have the death penalty introduced for gay people. Take a look at the world map on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_by_country_or_territory. You can see that it is justified not to expect Africa or the Middle East to lead the way in this area. The really sad bit is that anti-gay sentiment is being inflamed by American Evangelical Christians, teaching audiences who idolise them that homosexuality is evil, and spreading slander that homosexuals are rapists and paedophiles. Stories like this are not uncommon - http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/africa/04uganda.html. These missionaries are treated like pop stars and instead of spreading a message of peace and love; they are spreading one of hate and animosity. In countries with low education they are taking advantage of people's faith to get homosexuals persecuted. You claim that other Western countries are in the "same boat" but there are many levels of gay tolerance. For instance, as lucia and bampote have mentioned, the UK isn't included in the quiz. However gay couples in the UK do have access to identical rights as heterosexual couples through a civil union. It is a marriage in all but name. In most of Africa it is a criminal offence that you will go to jail for. Just because two countries aren't on this quiz, doesn't mean they are equally close to accepting gay marriage. There is a big difference between the general attitudes in developed countries and those of Africa. Africa has a long journey ahead of it before changing these attitudes sufficiently to enact constitutional changes that give homosexuals truly equal rights. That is all I was getting at. I apologise if it sounded like a random, baseless attack.
Jul 2nd, 2011 at 03:05 GMT
Brazil's almost there! :)
Jul 3rd, 2011 at 16:16 GMT
The thing is, is that you'd be surprised (or perhaps you shouldn't be) at the amount of people in the United States who would advocate the exact same thing, but simply (thankfully) don't have the legal recourse to do so. My point was that a lot of the citizenry is of the same mind, not that the government has an atmosphere in which the same penalties (if any) are exacted. As in, homophobes in the USA hate gay people just as much as those in the Middle East do.
Dec 2nd, 2011 at 05:10 GMT
Two observations- Surprised that more of Western Europe isn't on here (although many have civil unions, correct? My Mom supports civil unions, but not gay marriage, even after I pointed out that the only difference is the title). And surprised at the traditionally Catholic nations that are on here, and yet there is NOT A SINGLE PLACE ON HERE where the dominant religion is not Christianity (no Japan, or Taiwan, or India, or even Estonia/Czech Republic, the two most athiestic nations out there). Hmm...
Mar 1st, 2012 at 23:33 GMT
Add the Suquamish Tribe of Washington State as a bonus answer?
Jun 7th, 2012 at 20:24 GMT
Oct 10th, 2012 at 06:47 GMT
Whoa! Which Brasilian state?
Nov 8th, 2012 at 04:18 GMT
Every time this quiz gets longer it makes me happy. :)
Dec 6th, 2012 at 18:22 GMT
Huh. Finland seems to be the only Scandinavian country that hasn't passed it yet. Surprised about France, too. They usually seem pretty accepting of people in love in general.
Dec 7th, 2012 at 00:45 GMT
Hmm, I thought I had the two world capitals right away: Paris and Berlin, because they've both had openly gay mayors for over a decade. But no and no, surprisingly.
Dec 7th, 2012 at 02:59 GMT
Sadly, we're not going to see Australia on this list any time soon...
Dec 7th, 2012 at 09:08 GMT
Well, Finland isn't a Scandinavian country. I did sort of expect to see it on the list, I'll admit, but it's not remarkable that it's different.
Dec 13th, 2012 at 13:10 GMT
Not to worry, the UK, France and Finland all ought to be on this list before long. There are some blowhards in parliament here in the UK who want to block it, but hey, it is a *Conservative* government making it happen!
Dec 20th, 2012 at 20:59 GMT
Alagoas, Bahia and Sao Paulo have all swung the right way. Only 23 more Brasilian states left!
Jan 14th, 2013 at 01:53 GMT
The state of Piaui as well has aproved gay marriage
Apr 11th, 2013 at 07:04 GMT
Somehow no one here projected Uruguay would be next. (Pending the technicality of the supportive President's signature) Looks like France isn't far behind.
Apr 17th, 2013 at 13:41 GMT
Time to add New Zealand!
Apr 20th, 2013 at 00:23 GMT
This is absolutely the best of the quizzes devoted to this subject and the most up-to-date as well, which is great. Just an idea to make it even more comprehensive; have you considered adding in the 11 Brazilian states that have legalised same-sex marriage? I believe there is another Mexican state that has as well. It'd be great to have all of the information in one quiz (not to mention how uplifting it is to see it!).
Apr 23rd, 2013 at 16:15 GMT
Updates to this quiz are like caffeine and nicotine, I NEED THEM. Any chance of adding the Brazilian (and Mexican?) states that have taken their places on the right side?
Apr 24th, 2013 at 07:31 GMT
I rush here every time a new locale is added to take it again. Makes it more real. It's so nice that it's been updating more frequently lately.
Apr 29th, 2013 at 08:45 GMT
love this quiz... thanks for keeping it updated! Hope you reach your goal soon :)
May 15th, 2013 at 01:17 GMT
Time for another update! http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/05/14/2009811/brazil-to-become-15th-country-to-offer-same-sex-marriage-nationwide/
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