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How The World Views U.S. Supreme Court Legalization Of Same-Sex Marriage

BY TEAM JST

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On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow same sex marriage puts America on a list with 20 other countries in the world to recognize gay marriage. While 78 other countries still criminalize homosexuality, the rest of the world react to U.S.’s monumental movement with various perspectives.

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In South Africa, same sex marriage has been legal since November 30, 2006. The Constitution of South Africa guarantees equal protection before the law to all citizens regardless of sexual orientation, making the country as fifth in the world (and first in Africa as of January 2015) to legalize gay marriage.

In Australia, same-sex marriage is deemed illegal, gay couples are prevented from marrying. Some express frustrations toward Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ignorance to renew calls for marriage equality in Australia after U.S.’s recent decision.

As a nation with more European descents than any other country in South America, Argentina became the first country in Latin America and the second in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage in July 2010. In 2013, Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies approved a 71-21 vote and signed the bill legalizing gay marriage. Uruguay also became the first country in South America where same-sex couples can adopt.

In the Middle East, homosexuality is deemed illegal in many countries. Though in recent years, small reforms have been made. Especially in the extremely pro-LGBT Israel, same-sex marriage isn’t officially legal but gay couples in Israel have equal access to almost all rights of marriage.

In Asia, not one country has supported marriage equality by law. In Eastern Asian countries including: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea, same-sex sexual activity is legal. But in Southeast Asian countries such as: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, same-sex sexual activity is illegal (but legal in Nepal.) For gay travelers, that’s something to keep in mind when visiting these destinations. Many are impatient for the movement to progress, particularly in extremely developed and modern countries such as: Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

On the other hand, Europe has the most countries in a continent that legally allows same-sex marriage. As of now, 24 of the 50 countries and 3 of the 6 dependent territories in Europe recognize some type of same-sex unions, among them a majority of members of the European Union, including: Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Some on Twitter hope that by 2090, all of Europe will legalize same-sex marriage. What do you think?

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