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Marriage / Relationships

LGBTI people across the world are barred from civil recognition of their relationship statuses causing unfair economic burdens and an unequal social status. Only 20 countries – out more than 190 in total – have full marriage equality, and less than 50 countries around the world have lesser alternatives than marriage equality, such as civil unions, available for same-sex couples.

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Meet Esteban: a LGBT activist from Argentina. Esteban joined the LGBT movement in 2003 and founded the Argentinian LGBT Federation in 2005. Esteban was a key player in Argentina's passing of same-sex marriage in 2010, five years before it was passed in the United States. Here's his story.

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A Closer Look

Click and drag the slider function below to see how criminalization affects the LGBTI communities in different countries.

Argentina

First country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage.

Australia

Same-sex marriages are banned in Australia.

More About Argentina

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Argentina on in July 2010.

Same-sex couples in Argentina are eligible for the same benefits and protections as opposite-sex couples.

When Argentina passed same-sex marriage, it became the first country in Latin America, the second in the Americas, and the tenth in the world to do so.

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Thousands gather in front of the Congress in Buenos Aires, on June 28, 2010, in support of a law project for the gay marriage in Argentina.
People gather in front of the Congress building during a demonstration supporting a gay marriage bill, while Senators discuss said bill for same sex marriage in Buenos Aires on July 14, 2010.
A pin reading 'Yes to the equality law' is worn in front of the Congress building during a demonstration supporting a gay marriage bill, while Senators discuss said bill for same sex marriage in Buenos Aires on July 14, 2010.
Norma Castillo (R), candidate for the pro-government Frente para la Victoria in the legislative elections, and Ramona Arevalo, both 67 years old, exit the registry office after they legalized civil union in Buenos Aires and sealed a love that takes 30 years of shared living, amid a shower of rice and a release of balloons in support of equal rights for lesbian, gays and bisexuals, on June 19, 2009.

More About Australia

As a result of the Howard Government's amendment to the Marriage Act 1961 in 2004, federal law in Australia officially bans same-sex marriage.

Despite Australia being known as one of the most LGBTI friendly countries in the world, and although recent polls have shown that 72% of Australians support marriage equality, same-sex marriage remains banned in Australia today.

Most states and territories in Australia have civil union or domestic partnership laws, aside from Western Australia, Norfolk Island and the Northern Territory.

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More than a quarter of a million spectators watched 200 floats and more than 10,000 marchers in Sydney, Australia's 38th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
Supporters of Australian Marriage Equality gather outside Adelaide's Parliament House.
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