A new analysis released by Australian researcher Tony Pitman and confirmed by Freedom to Marry shows that more than one in every ten people across the world live in a nation or state where same-sex couples have the freedom to marry. Out of a global population of approximately 7.2 billion people, 725 million now live in a freedom-to-marry jurisdiction. It was the U.S. state of Pennsylvania that pushed the world percentage beyond 10 percent for the first time in history when gay couples won the freedom to marry there on May 20, 2014.
“The global momentum for the freedom to marry reflects and reinforces the progress we are making here in the United States – even as we need to finish the job here at home,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “We’re now at 10 percent of the world’s population, up from zero little more than a decade ago. But with intensifying assaults on the human rights of gay people and women underway in so many parts of the world, we must get the U.S. where it should be and redouble the commitment to human rights worldwide. Ten percent with the freedom to marry is more than many people realize, and much better than zero, but far short of the 100 percent that human rights principles require and all the world’s people deserve.”
Same-sex couples can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, meaning 44 percent of Americans live in states where gay couples can marry.
The Netherlands became the first country in the world where same-sex couples could marry when it passed a law in 2001. In total, gay and lesbian couples can marry in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Wale, Scotland, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, and in some jurisdictions of Mexico and the United States.