Published On: Mon, Jun 29th, 2015

The Countries Where Gay Marriage Is Legal



14 US states with bans on same-sex marriage can no longer enforce them in the wake of a historic US Supreme Court ruling that gay marriage is now legal across the entirety of the United States. Nearly two dozen governments around the world have introduced legislation allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The majority of these are in Europe and the Americas.

Ireland made headlines in May after becoming the first country in the world to introduce same-sex marriage through a popular vote. More than 62 percent voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage 22 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised in the country. Greenland’s parliament has also unanimously approved same-sex marriage and adoption. These measures are due to go into effect on October 1, 2015.


61% of Young Republicans Support Same-Sex Marriage

When it comes to supporting gay marriage in the United States, young people are still the strongest proponents. According to Pew Research, 61 percent of Republicans aged 18 to 29 now support gay marriage in comparison to 77 percent of Democrats in the same age bracket.

However, there is still a large gap in support between younger and older generations. Support falls to 43 percent among Republicans aged 30 to 49 and 30 percent for those aged 50 to 64. It falls even further to 22 percent among those aged over 65. Support for gay marriage is much higher amongst Democrats, reaching 69 percent across all age groups.

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