Update (4/19): The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro’s court has just authorized same-sex marriage in the state. Details below.


The Rhode Island marriage equality bill was introduced just three months ago.  It is stunning to see how widely marriage equality has advanced around the world in that short amount of time:

Brazil

March 7: The Court of Justice for the state of Ceará ruled that state notaries are required to perform same-sex marriages starting on March 15.  Ceará becomes the 8th Brazilian state to permit same-sex marriage.

March 26: The Court of Justice for the state of Paraná informed the state’s registry offices that same-sex couples are allowed to marry in the state, effective immediately.  Paraná becomes the 9th Brazilian state to permit same-sex marriage.

April 2: The Court of Justice for the state of Mato Grosso do Sul authorized same-sex marriage in the state, effective immediately.  Mato Grosso do Sul becomes the 10th Brazilian state to permit same-sex marriage.

April 19: The Court of Justice for the state of Rio de Janeiro authorized same-sex marriage in the state.  Rio de Janeiro becomes the 11th Brazilian state to permit same-sex marriage.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

March 15:  The tribal chairman signed a marriage equality amendment into law that the Tribal Council had previously approved.

Uruguay

April 10:  Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies passed a marriage equality bill on a vote of 71 to 21.  The Senate had already passed the bill on April 2 on a vote of 23 to 8.

New Zealand

April 17:  The New Zealand Parliament passed a marriage equality bill on a vote of 77 to 44.  Having received Royal Assent on April 19, the law will go into effect on August 19th.

Pending Legislation

Marriage equality bills are currently pending in Rhode Island, Delaware, Illinois and Minnesota.

The British House of Commons overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality bill in February on a vote of 400 to 175.

The French Senate is expected to take the final passage vote on a marriage equality bill on April 23.

To date, 13 countries in their entirety, 3 countries partially, 9 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and 3 tribal nations permit same-sex marriage.  The list seems to grow by the week.