As the clocks struck midnight on Tuesday, dozens of same-sex couples tied the knot in Australia, marking the first legal ceremonies of their kind in the country.
Although Australia passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage last month, Tuesday was the first day such couples could legally marry without applying for a special exception.
The law was passed in Australia’s Parliament after a national postal survey found that a majority of people supported marriage equality in December.
Australia is the 26th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, according to Pew Research. The measure was widely lauded as a victory for worldwide LGBTI+ groups — a term that refers collectively to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex or other sexual minorities.
Where does Europe stand on same-sex unions?
Same-sex marriage is legal in these EU states: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK (excluding Northern Ireland), Malta
Registered partnerships (with similar rights to marriage): Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia
Registered partnership (limited rights): Czech Republic, Estonia
No legislation: Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia
Source: ILGA Europe