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In Montpellier, France, Vincent Autin (center) and Bruno Boileau, with Mayor Helene Mandroux, are married in a civil ceremony on May 29. They were the first same-sex couple to marry in France after the government voted to legalize gay marriage. (AP)

Same-Sex Marriage, Around The World

by Krishnadev Calamur
Jun 27, 2013

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Same-sex couples rejoiced in the United States on Wednesday, as the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling struck down as unconstitutional a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples.

That got us wondering: Where else in the world can same-sex couples get married legally?

Here's a list of countries and the year each legalized gay marriage.

Netherlands - 2001

Belgium - 2003

Spain - 2005

Canada - 2005

South Africa - 2006

Norway - 2008

Sweden - 2009

Portugal - 2010

Iceland - 2010

Argentina - 2010

Denmark - 2012

Brazil - 2013

France - 2013

Additionally, lawmakers in New Zealand approved a bill in April to legalize same-sex marriage. The law is expected to go into effect in August. Lawmakers in Uruguay approved a similar measure in April. That law goes into effect later this year.

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