With the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled to release its ruling on same-sex marriage next Monday, it’s an ideal time to look at the status of gay couples elsewhere in the world. Following the historic result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland, this infographic shows where the rest of Europe stands on the issue.
It’s interesting to note that although Europe contains the first three countries worldwide to legalize same-sex marriage (the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain), it also includes countries that do not legally recognize same-sex partnerships at all. Many countries in Europe allow registered partnerships for gay couples, but these partnerships do not have the same rights as a marriage.
Support for same-sex marriage among the public also varies greatly from country to country.