France legalizes same-sex marriage

Yesterday President Francois Hollande of France signed the same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption legislation into law making it the 14th country to do so, after the Constitutional Court rejected attempts by opponents to stop it. The court ruled, reasonably enough, that it “did not run contrary to any constitutional principles”, nor did it infringe upon “basic rights or liberties or national sovereignty”.

The map of global legalization of same-sex marriage is interesting.

global same sex marriage

It is disturbing that not a single Asian country has as yet taken this step. Vietnam could well be the first to do so.

The following countries have civil unions and some form of recognition of domestic partnerships: Andorra, Austria, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, parts of Australia, and Venezuela.

We can forget about Russia joining the enlightened world anytime soon. Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin seems to be a real reactionary on this issue, even threatening to ban adoption of Russian children in those countries that legalize same-sex marriage.