In a number of countries that have recently legalized same-sex marriage, the impetus for legal change came through the courts. In the United States, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in a ruling. Explore our fact sheet to learn more about same-sex laws around the world.
Infor the first time, more people supported same-sex marriage than opposed it. Support has continued to grow, and inmore people than ever agree that same-sex couples should have the right to get married. Fifty-six percent of Americans agree or strongly agree that gay couples should have the right to get married while just 32 percent disagree or strongly disagree.
Same-sex marriage has been legalized in in twenty-seven countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Yet same-sex marriage remains banned in many countries, and the expansion of broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights has been uneven globally. International organizations, including the United Nations, have issued resolutions in support of LGBT rights, but human rights groups say these organizations have limited power to enforce these newly recognized rights.
On June 26,the U. The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage nationwide, including in the 14 states that did not previously allow gays and lesbians to wed.
Same-sex marriage in Spain has been legal since 3 July The law took effect the next day,  making Spain the third country in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry on a national level, after the Netherlands and Belgiumand 17 days ahead of the right being extended across all of Canada. After its approval, the conservative People's Party challenged the law in the Constitutional Court.
Since the U. Supreme Court ruled in that same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, support for same-sex marriage has increased substantially. Strength of support for same-sex marriage has increased dramatically over the past decade, while strength of opposition has fallen in nearly equal measure.
These data are from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May The latest figure marks the continuation of a trend that finds support for same-sex marriage remains more than twice as high as it was when Gallup first polled on the question in At that time, just over a quarter of Americans said it should be legal.
Number of marriages that took place in England and Wales analysed by age, sex, previous marital status and civil or religious ceremony. This is the latest release. View previous releases. Contact: Email Kanak Ghosh.
More than 3, same-sex couples married in Australia between December and 30 June, new statistics show. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said in a data release on Tuesday that 3, same-sex weddings took place between 9 December, when amendments to the Marriage Act came into effect, and the end of the financial year. The state with the greatest share of weddings was New South Wales