A global snapshot of same-sex marriage

The recent decision by Ecuador’s highest court to legalize same-sex marriage makes it the fifth nation in Latin America to do so. The ruling in Ecuador comes less than a month after Taiwan’s parliament passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, making the island nation the first country in Asia to permit gays and lesbians to wed. And both developments come on the heels of Austria’s move on Jan. 1, 2019, to allow same-sex couples there to marry.

These events follow a number of other high-profile victories in recent years for gay marriage advocates, including decisions in 2017 by AustraliaGermany and the Mediterranean island nation of Malta to allow gays and lesbians to wed. Read more via Pew Research Center

Interactive: Same-sex marriage around the world

Explore our fact sheet to learn more about same-sex laws around the world.