Friday/ congratulations to Taiwan!

Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. Thousands of gay rights supporters had gathered in the rain outside the parliament building in the capital, Taipei, to await the landmark ruling.

The Pew Research Center wrote up a report of gay marriage around the world, that has this nice map to show what progress has been made so far.

Germany and Australia were some high-profile additions to the roster of countries that have joined the list, both in 2017.
The map shows that there is clearly a lot of work still to be done in Asia and in Africa, though.

About two-thirds of the countries (18 of 28) in the world that has marriage equality are in Europe, but even there, there are notable exceptions: Italy and Switzerland. And no country in Central Europe has legalized gay marriage. Let’s also just note, that in some countries gay people are still actively persecuted, and former Soviet republic Chechnya, might be at the top of this list.

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