Marriage Equality Availability Hits Global Landmark

According to figures compiled by an Australian activist, over one billion people worldwide now live in jurisdictions with legal same-sex marriage. Frontiers reports:

The analysis comes from Melbourne-based LGBT activist Tony Pitman, and reveals that the world crossed the billion-mark just a few weeks ago.

“The turning point came a few weeks ago when Colombia and then several Mexican states all achieved marriage equality within a few days.That pushed us up over a billion for the first time in history,” said Pitman. “When you think that the first ever same-sex marriages took place in the Netherlands in 2001, that means we’ve gone from zero to a billion in just 15 years. That’s an extraordinary rate of social progress. We’re witnessing an historic shift on a truly global scale.”

The U.S. is the most populous country to boast marriage equality, with 328 million citizens. It’s then followed by Brazil, with 206 million, and France, with 67 million.

Some might argue that Pitman’s number should be a bit higher because while not all of Mexico’s 31 states have approved same-sex marriage locally, marriages conducted in states that have done so are recognized nationwide. See his figures here.  And remember that one billion is only about 14% of the global population.

  • Gustav2

    1 billion people forced into accepting same sex marriages.

    OK Tony, now you don’t have to say it.

    • BeaverTales

      With 7 billion people on the planet, many of whom not using contraception and most of Asia, Africa and the Middle East being conspicuous outliers to the onslaught of us gay terrorists, I’m sure humanity will somehow survive.

      Unfortunately for Tony, the planet is becoming a little less white and a lot less Christian. I think that’s his real fear.

  • David L. Caster

    Only 14% of the world population? Obviously, we still have a lot of work to do.

    • bambinoitaliano

      China and India will add to the significance of that number if the countries ever choose to be on the right side of history.

    • Robincho

      The problem with the 14% thing, as I see it, is that it means there’s WAY too fuckin’ many Homines “sapientes” clinging to this poor little Earth of ours…

  • Rex

    And yet, here I am, waiting for Mr. Right to pop the question.

    • JCF

      Ms Right, ditto. Le Sigh.

  • AtticusP

    Can’t wait for the Hate Brigade to react to this news…

  • zhera

    How many have access to divorce? You know, the REAL threat to marriage.

    Considering the powers fighting against equality, I think it’s a marvelous development.

    • David L. Caster

      It is, indeed. China and India need to come along. Now that would really be something.

  • Butch

    And at what point do the haters admit it’s a lost cause, although they’ll just turn their hate to another issue?

    • David L. Caster

      Not as long as they can make money peddling their lies about us.

      • Rex

        Exactly, they’ll milk this cash cow for every last drop.

        • Butch

          I know, It was kind of rhetorical…..

          • Gustav2

            Are you making fun of NOM and poor Brian?


          • Butch

            You caught me red handed. I guess that metaphor might have other implications.

    • Blake Jordan

      They are probably closer to calling for the execution of that 14% (including the straight people) than giving up the fight…

  • bkmn

    Cue up the Sadz and impotent tears of rage!

  • Blake Mason

    RT: Less than a month after the SSM/civil union referendum in Bermuda a couple has applied for a marriage license… so it is back to the courts…

  • Blake Jordan

    And probably won’t include Australia for how many more years… WTF!!!!!

    It is highly probable that the first Asian country will have marriage equality before… WTF!!!!!

    • Stefan

      Actually Australia will likely have it by the end of this year via a bill or sometime next year if a plestible goes through. The former appears more likely after the recent elections.

  • Sonus Silentium

    After just seeing the movie “Stonewall” for the first time, it’s nice to say “we’ve come a long way, baby.”

    • Gustav2

      I saw it last night, it was everything I could do not fast forward thru the thing. Putting aside all the representation complaints, it is not that good of a movie.

      • Sonus Silentium

        Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I found the movie’s ability to transport the viewer back into the general feel of those not-so-good-ole-days pretty remarkable. I was also impressed with the American accents of some of those British actors and quite a bit of the acting as well. The scene with the fat rich old john (who was probably meant to be a preacher) all dragged out as Joan Crawford was truly disturbing, and some of the tender moments very touching. Yeah, it was a little schmaltzy, but so what? I enjoy a bit of schmaltz every now and then.

  • glass

    We are the rainbow Borg. You will be assimilated.

    • skyweaver

      Are you saying it is useless to resist you? Fine, you *are* an irresistible lot.

  • Ninja0980

    And yet somehow the world hasn’t fallen apart yet.

    • William

      That giant ray gun in Switzerland is having some unintended side effects. First everyone turns gay, then the solar system implodes.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        It’s just like Cindy Jacobs predicted.

  • Richard

    So, 86% of the world’s population cannot get married if they are a same sex couple.

    • Blake Jordan

      Unless they can migrate to a different country…

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    One billion people who can legally be denied a seat at a lunch counter in much of America, in 2016.

  • Gustav2

    OT: Corker and Ernst say they don’t want to be Trump’s Veep.

    Ms. Ernst will be given one of the most coveted speaking slots, an address scheduled during a prime-time coverage period planned by the major television networks.

    Said Corker: “There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president and I think I’m far more suited for other types of things.”

    • Tor

      Pig castration.

      • Gustav2

        Maybe that will be the talent portion of her presentation.

    • Hank

      Shucks, I figured there would be GREAT memes for the Castrator from Iowa!!!

  • MikeBx2

    I’m happy to have the choice, and I still choose not to get married. Ha!

    • Gustav2

      I thought the Supreme Court decision required everyone to get same sex married!

      • MikeBx2

        I hear Hillary Clinton is proposing that. 😉

        • Gustav2

          You need to stop reading WND and Charisma blogs.

      • William

        I have a team hunting down Gerard Butler.

        • Robincho

          Would that by any chance be a crack team?…

          • William

            Butt of course!

      • Robincho

        Well, of course it does. What they’re NOT telling you is that you have to surrender all your firearms — after the recessional, but before the rice toss…

      • (((GC)))

        The Onion nailed it in 2004:
        “Justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled 5-2 Monday in favor of full, equal, and mandatory gay marriages for all citizens. The order nullifies all pre-existing heterosexual marriages and lays the groundwork for the 2.4 million compulsory same-sex marriages that will take place in the state by May 15.”

  • skyweaver

    (Homer Simpson voice) Stupid activist judges

  • Cuberly

    OT: Well, that’s that. Both Corker and Ernst have said, “Oh HEEEllllllll no!”

    I guess they want a career after Nov.

  • TheManicMechanic

    It’s a start.

  • James

    Don’t mean to be a bummer, but marriage equality in Brazil is in a very precarious position. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that it will be overturned. And the same is true everywhere: our rights are constantly under threat from people who want to take them away from us.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    So 6+ billion to go.

  • Luis De California

    On the radar: Chile (Govt signed agreement to have it by Summer 2017), Taiwan, Nepal and a few British Territories.

    Court cases: Costa Rica, Venezuela, Ecuador, Austria and soon Bermuda.

  • Alan S. Lee

    China needs to get on board and have marriage equality now!

  • JCF
  • George Wilson

    Well, congrats to those who have a good reason to get married.