Exponential progress in global marriage equality over the last year

Exponential progress in global marriage equality over the last year

There was once a time when the LGBT community had little to no rights when it came to same-sex marriage; now, it is becoming more accepted in the eyes of the law.


At the start of 2013, there were more states with bans on same-sex marriage than states without. Two years later, 37 states have legalized gay marriage, while 13 still hold a ban. There has been a huge wave of support towards marriage equality in the past year alone.


Since May 2014, 20 states in the United States have all legalized same-sex marriage by court decision. Last June, Illinois passed same-sex marriage by state legislature. In only one year, close to half of the states in the United States changed their laws to support marriage equality.


A crowd of people lobbying for gay rights and supporting equality for same-sex marriages.

Ireland recently legalized gay-marriage throughout the entire country, making historical strides in the fight for equality. (theguardian.com)

The United States isn’t the only country that is changing its view on same-sex marriage. In May, Ireland became the first country to pass same-sex marriage by a referendum, making history for marriage equality.


Last summer, Luxembourg passed a freedom to marry bill with a 56 to 4 vote, showing that the bill was heavily supported. Finland approved a same-sex marriage amendment in November 2014, which passed with a not-so-close vote of 105 to 92. Although the support wasn’t as one sided as Luxembourg, it still passed in the end.


There is still a long way to go before same-sex marriage is legal throughout the world, but if the changes made this past year are any indication, there is potential to change views for the better.


How long will it take before there is marriage equality throughout the United States? Leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @Karbowski_Devon.

Devon Karbowski

Devon Karbowski graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2015. He received a BA in Writing Studies with an emphasis in Professional Writing and a minor in Philosophy. Currently, he is using his degree to pursue a career in freelance writing, proposal writing and social media management. The focal point of his MUI PR articles will involve public relations related topics.

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