Argentina Australia Belgium Brazil Canada Colombia Denmark Finland France Germany Iceland Ireland Luxembourg Malta Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal South Africa Spain Sweden United States Uruguay Selected countries with other legal status for same-sex couples country status year effective Andorra civil union Austria registered partnership Chile civil union Croatia life partnership Cyprus civil partnership Czech Republic registered partnership Ecuador stable union Estonia registered partnership Germany registered life partnership Greece civil partnership Hungary registered partnership Italy civil union Liechtenstein registered partnership Malta civil union Slovenia registered same-sex partnership Switzerland registered partnership United Kingdom 2 civil partnership Taiwan is the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Main articles: Some of the opponents of same-sex marriage are religious groups such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsthe Catholic Churchand the Southern Baptist Conventionall of which desire for marriage to remain restricted to opposite-sex couples. Inseventy-two countries, including some that retain sodomy laws, had protections against employment discrimination [PDF] based on gender identity or sexual orientation. In many cultures the exchange of some form of surety, such as bride service, bridewealthor dowryhas been a traditional part of the marriage contract.
Same-sex sexual activity illegal only for males.
The act also restated existing law by providing that no U. In JulyArgentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. Many studies have shown that children of same-sex couples fare just as well as the children of opposite-sex couples; some studies have shown benefits to being raised by same-sex couples.
The ban on same-sex marriage will remain in effect through the state's appeals process.