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A Super Quick History Of Europe’s Same-Sex Marriage Laws

You might think that Europe (being so liberal and, well, European) would be totally okay with same-sex marriage, but you’d be forgetting about the continent’s largely Christian origins. But since the 1989 passage of Denmark’s registered partnership law, same-sex marriage has been on a slow mark through western and northern Europe, with constitutional bans against it occurring in east European countries. The GIF below shows the shift from 1989 to the current day… and beyond!

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It’s funny how Europe kinda resembles the U.S. back before marriage equality got legalized nationwide — a patchwork land of different legal rights. Currently 27 of 50 European countries recognize some form of same-sex unions — not a bad start. You’ll also be delighted to know that as of January 1, 2016 Estonia has legalized cohabitation agreements for same-sex couples, and in 2017 Finland is expected to have full marriage equality as well.

You’ll also notice two red-and-blue striped countries on the map: Hungary which has legal registered partnerships with marriage-bans and Croatia which offers life partnerships but bans same-sex marriages as well. Not perfect, but evidence of progress in eastern European countries.

(featured image via Robyn Ramsay)