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Map of the week: Gay marriage in Europe

Article published on March 11, 2015
Article published on March 11, 2015

Last week, with 51 votes for and 28 against, Slovenia became the 13th European country to approve same-sex marriage  (11th, when you consider only EU member states). Check out our snapshot of the Old Continent: how we are progressing with LGBT rights?

The Dutch were the first nation to legalise same-sex marriage back in 2001. This Oranje revolution was followed in 2003 by two other real pioneers: Belgium and Spain. Ten years later, the map of Europe has as many as 13 states where marriage between two people of the same sex is legal. The latest to join this club of more progressive LGBT rights is, of course, Slovenia.

Meanwhile things have also changed in terms of civil unions, which are currently recognised in states such as the Czech Republic or Croatia. However, there is still a conservative set of nations that hasn't reconsidered its stance on this issue. For example, the constitutions of Serbia, Ukraine and Poland define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. But this might seem like nothing compared to the constitutions of six other countries where gay marriage is actually banned rather than not recognised.

In short, we may have come quite far on the road to marriage equality but we still have a long way to go.

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This article is part of our Map of the Week series: charting the stats that matter to Europe, one map at a time.