A look at the countries where gay marriage is legal and at those that are on the way to making it legal.
Yesterday marked the first step towards full legal recognition of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
With this in mind, Left Foot Forward looked around the world at those countries where same-sex marriage is already legal, at the countries where progress is being made towards same-sex marriage, and finally, at those parts of the world where life is harder for the LGBT community.
Eleven countries allow same-sex couples to marry. Those are:
Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden.
Bills legalizing same-sex marriage have been proposed, are pending, or have passed at least one legislative house in 10 countries:
Andorra, Colombia, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Nepal, New Zealand, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.
The hall of shame
Laws against homosexual activity are on the books in at least 78 countries:
18 Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
25 Sao Tome
28 Sierra Leone
30 South Sudan
Asia, including the Middle East
51 Palestine/Gaza Strip
53 Saudi Arabia
55 Sri Lanka
58 United Arab Emirates
In Iraq, there is no law against homosexual acts, but sharia judges have reportedly imposed sentences for homosexual behavior.
In India, enforcement of the law against homosexual activity has been suspended by court action.
72 Cook Islands
73 Indonesia (Aceh Province and South Sumatra)
77 Papua New Guinea
79 Solomon Islands
Yesterday Left Foot Forward looked back at a history of parliamentary anti-gay bigotry in the UK.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.