Seeing that France and Uruguay are about to legalize same-sex marriage, I got curious. So I looked up some stats, because I’m a dork. And I’m sharing them, because some of you are dorks too.
- Eleven countries, not including France and Uruguay, have marriage equality nationwide.
- Three more — Brazil, Mexico, and the United States — have marriage equality in some jurisdictions but not others.
- Although same-sex marriage is legally recognized for less than half of Brazilians, Brazil is the country with the most same-sex-marriage-legal citizens, at 92.6 million.
- Nearly a quarter of the people in the whole world who live in places where same-sex couples can marry live there.
- France’s new law will make it the second most populous marriage equality jurisdiction, with 65.4 million people.
- France’s law will increase the number of folks who have marriage equality worldwide by 15%.
- Uruguay will bump up the numbers by another 3.7 million, less than one percent.
- After France and Uruguay take the plunge, the land of marriage equality will have a population of about 452 million people.
- That would be the third largest country in the world, if it were a country.
- That’s about six and a half percent of the world’s population.
- Right now, the largest country with full marriage equality is South Africa, with 50.6 million people.
- In the United States, 49.4 million live in marriage equality jurisdictions.
- More South Africans have marriage equality than Americans, in other words.
- Full marriage equality in the US would boost the global total by nearly fifty percent.
- The list of present and impending marriage-equality countries, in descending order of population is this: Brazil*, France, South Africa, The United States*, Spain, Argentina, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Mexico*, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Uruguay, Iceland.
- That’s sixteen countries, of which only two are primarily English-speaking.
- Canada is the world’s only majority-English country with full marriage equality.
- The Netherlands is the world’s only majority-non-religious country with full marriage equality.
- Nine of the sixteen are majority or plurality Catholic.
- Including seven of the ten most populous.
- That means that nearly two-thirds of the people in the world who live in marriage equality jurisdictions live in Catholic countries, though less than a fifth of the world’s population is Catholic.
Update | As @SpringaldJack notes on Twitter, counting the US jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is recognized as marriage equality jurisdictions counts residents of those jurisdictions “as having marriage equality, which they don’t.”
There are jurisdictions in the US which recognize same-sex marriage. There are no jurisdictions in the US with full marriage equality. (The situation is apparently similar in Mexico. Brazilian couples’ status appears to be a bit more complex.)