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Chile Legalizes Gay Marriage
12/13/2021 -

Chile’s conservative President Sebastián Piñera came out in support of gay marriage over the summer and fast-tracked the legislation to legalize gay marriage. The law is set to take effect 90 days after the president signed the bill (Mar. 9, 2022).

Switzerland Legalizes Gay Marriage
9/27/2021 -

64.1% voted to legalize gay marriage, to allow lesbian couples to access sperm banks and to allow all gay couples to adopt children. The law will likely take effect in July 2022. Italy remains the only country in western Europe that does not allow same-sex marriage, though it does allow civil unions.

Jared Polis First Sitting US Governor to Marry Same-Sex Partner
9/17/2021 -

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) married long-time partner Marlon Reis on Sep. 15, 2021, in the first same-sex marriage of a sitting US governor. Polis was the first openly gay man elected as governor in the US and the second openly LGBTQ+ person elected governor, after Oregon Governor Kate Brown who identifies as bisexual.

Record Support for Gay Marriage
6/9/2021 -

A June 2021 Gallup poll found 70% of all Americans support gay marriage, a record high in a continuation of an upward trend since Gallup began polling on the issue in 1996 when support was at 27%.

For the First Time, Majority of Republicans Support Same-Sex Marriage
3/25/2021 -

51% of Republicans supported same-sex marriage according to a 2020 PRRI poll, up from 47% in 2019.

Japanese Court Rules Lack of Recognition of Gay Marriage Is Unconstitutional
3/17/2021 -

While the landmark decision is the first time a court has ruled on gay marriage in Japan, the law will only change if Parliament passes legislation, something they have previously been hesitant to do.

Vatican Confirms Catholic Church Will Not Bless Same-Sex Marriages
3/15/2021 -

The Holy See stated, “it is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex.”

Gay Marriage Site Updated
1/30/2021 -

Explore the debate about whether gay marriage should remain legal with an updated site.

Nevada Votes to Remove Same-Sex Marriage Ban from Constitution
11/5/2020 -

Nevada voters approved Question 2, which will remove an unenforceable section of the state constitution that states “only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state.”

Support for Same-Sex Marriage at Highest Point Ever
10/22/2020 -

PRRI recorded a 70% approval rating for legal same-sex marriage in Oct. 2020.

Pope Francis Expresses Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions
10/21/2020 -

In a new documentary by director Evgeny Afineevsky, “Francesco,” amid a conversation about pastoral outreach to LGBTQ+ people, Pope Francis stated, “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”

US Census Releases Data from Updated American Community Survey
9/17/2020 -

Among the findings were that there were about 980,000 same-sex households in 2019.

Estimated 293,000 Gay Couples Married since Obergefell v. Hodges
6/2/2020 -

The weddings have created a $3.8 billion influx to state and local economies, $244.1 million in state and local sales tax revenue, and 45,000 jobs, according to estimates.

Costa Rica First Central American Country to Legalize Gay Marriage
5/26/2020 -

President Alvaradp Quesada tweeted the news: “Today we celebrate liberty, equality and our democratic institutions.”

35 Countries Have Legal Gay Marriage
11/1/2019 -

With the addition of Northern Ireland, 35 countries have legalized gay marriage since the Netherlands became the first country to do so in 2001.