Gay sex verdict: Countries where same-sex marriage is legal

GaySame-sex marriage is recognised in Britain, New Zealand, Uruguay, South Africa, Canada and Spain. (AP Photo)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutional validity of the penal provision making gay sex an offence punishable with upto life imprisonment. The apex court observed that there is no constitutional infirmity in section 377 of IPC which makes gay sex an offence.

As the SC verdict triggered extreme reactions on social media and across the country, a look at countries around the world that have legalised same-sex marriages.

Same-sex marriage is recognised in the Britain, Uruguay, New Zealand, Netherlands, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, France, Brazil Belgium, Iceland, Argentina and Denmark.

Britain: In July this year, Britain legalised gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer. In January, the British government had published a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, with the backing of the leaders of the three main political parties. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill extended marriage to gay couples but excluded clergy in the Church of England the country's official faith from having to carry out the ceremonies.

New Zealand: In April, the New Zealand parliament passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage by a vote of 77 to 44 allowing gay and lesbian couples from other countries to be able to marry in the country. With the passing of the bill, New Zealand become the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

Uruguay: The Uruguayan lawmakers in April voted to legalize same-sex marriage, making it the third country in the Americas to do so. The bill, that allowed Gay and lesbian foreigners to come to Uruguay to marry, just as heterosexual couples can, received the backing of 71 of the 92 members of the Chamber of Deputies. Unlike other countries, Uruguay created a single set of rules for all people, gay or straight. Instead of the words 'husband and wife' in marriage contracts, it refers to the gender-neutral "contracting parties."

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