States with legalized same sex marriage
May 24 marked the first day that gay and lesbian couples in Taiwan can register to marry. Countries where same-sex marriage is legal in some areas but not nationwide were excluded. To date, only 29 out of the countries in the world have legalized same-sex marriage. While many same-sex couples have no choice but to wait for legalization — some are together for decades before they are finally able to marry — in many countries, people who can choose to get married are doing so later in life. Opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage often comes from religious organizations who claim that it destroys the sanctity of marriage. Change came gradually in the Netherlands — the first country to legalize same-sex marriage.