Mexico City And Other Places Around The World Where Same-Sex Couples Can Get Hitched

On Monday, Mexico City’s legislature voted 39 to 20 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption. So happy holidays, everyone, there’s now another place gay couples can go to tie the knot. [CNN]

Honestly, the whole debate over this in the U.S. is almost funny to me. New York and California say no—but Iowa says it’s cool?! Our country is really behind the times on this one. Surprise! We aren’t a big, happy mecca of progress and equality after all. After the jump, a few places around the world where same-sex couples can say “I do” legally. And some of them pretty surprising.

  • South Africa legalized gay marriage in 2006. Yes, people, South Africa.
  • In November, a court ruling in Buenos Aires, Argentina, deemed their civil code—which said men and women could only marry each other—illegal.
  • Sweden, Norway, Belgium and The Netherlands all say gay marriage is cool. Funny, they also have universal health coverage and some of the highest quality of life ratings in the world. So, why am I still here?
  • If you don’t want to travel too far to get hitched, just cross the border to Canada. They started legalizing it there in 2003.
  • Spain was the third country to allow gay marriage. And Portugal looks like they’re about to join the gay wedding party.

A lot of countries allow civil partnerships—whatever that means—but I’m not including them because separate but equal is still … unequal! What a concept.