Same-Sex Marriage Laws Around the World

By Kaytie at Legal Language
Updated on 11/16/2015
In International Law, Legal Translation, Travel

same-sex marriageWith the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the tide has officially turned in favor of gay marriage in the United States.

But this hasn’t just been an issue in the US — many other countries have recently adopted bills legalizing same-sex marriage.

Find out which countries allow gay marriage — and why it’s a good idea to have certified translations of your personal documents done right away if you want to get married abroad.

Countries That Allow Same-Sex Marriage

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled gay couples nationwide had a right to marry. The decision passed narrowly, with a 5-4 vote. The United States became the 18th nation to grant the right to same-sex couples. A full list includes:

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay

Countries That Allow Same-Sex Marriage in Some Jurisdictions

Australia and Mexico permit gay marriage in some jurisdictions.

Recently, Mexico made headlines when a decision from the Mexico Supreme Court on June 12, 2015 declared state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The court’s ruling is considered a “jurisprudential thesis.” Therefore the ruling does not invalidate any state laws; gay couples denied the right to wed would still have to seek individual injunctions.

The Importance of Certified Document Translation

Certified translations of personal documents are likely to be required if a couple is planning to get married abroad. It’s a good idea to have a translation of important documents like birth certificates, background checks and health records. This will vary according to each country, so be sure to familiarize yourself with your destination’s specific requirements.

After you have returned from your destination wedding, you will also need to obtain a translation of your marriage certificate.

If you or someone you know is planning a destination wedding, make sure you know the requirements for marriage in your home country as well as the destination country to make sure your wedding abroad is valid.

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