Ireland just became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a national vote—rather than through legislation or the courts.
Here is a list of 20 other countries where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide and the year it was approved (Mexico and the United States are not included, since they only allow same-sex marriage in certain jurisdictions):
The Netherlands (2000)
South Africa (2006)
England and Wales (2013)
New Zealand (2013)
Finland: (signed 2015, effective 2017)
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