When I started this annual tradition of writing a blog post about annual progress on the fight for same-sex marriage around the world way back in the stone age of 2013, it wasn’t easy to find comprehensive information about the subject on the web. Now, thanks to some dedicated work of Wikipedia editors, and the exhaustive work of former journalist Rex Wockner, there’s much more information out there. So in this year’s update, I’m going to try instead to synthesize the facts, the developments over the past year, and what we can expect to happen in 2018.
Since this post can get very long, I’ve decided to break it up into different pages:
2017 was a bit of a banner year for the movement. Several jurisdictions were added to the list of equal marriage countries: Finland, Germany, Malta, Australia. Judicial rulings for marriage equality came out in Taiwan and Austria. Three Mexican states, three UK Overseas Territories, and two UK dependencies also became equal marriage jurisdictions. We also had rulings and administrative decisions in favor of recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions in Armenia, Estonia, and Italy. By my count, this is the biggest single jump in the number of equal-marriage countries since 2013, when Brazil, France, New Zealand and Uruguay all legalized. Heading into 2018, more than 1.2 billion people live in equal marriage jurisdictions, and several more countries are either debating equal marriage laws in their legislatures or their Supreme Courts.
Populations of equal-marriage countries:
|United States (including Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands)||327,847,797|
|United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland; including Isle of Man, Guernsey, Alderney, Bermuda, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Pitcairn Islands, Akrotiri & Dhekelia, and St. Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)||62,969,237|
|France (including all territories)||66,842,000|
|Netherlands (including Caribbean Netherlands)||17,000,059|
|Denmark (including Greenland and Faroe Islands)||5,764,423|
|New Zealand (excluding territories)||4,565,185|
Populations of Countries with same-sex civil unions:
|Northern Ireland (UK)||1,864,000|
|Cyprus (excluding Northern Cyprus)||1,176,598|
|TOTAL CIVIL UNION||168,492,042|
The total populations of the countries and territories with either same-sex marriage or civil unions is approximately 1,386,272,083.