Scotland legalizes gay marriage, becomes 17th country to do so

Scotland today became the 17th (I think) country to legalize gay marriages, according to the BBC.

The first weddings of gay couples could take place as early as this fall.

There’s been a whirlwind of change on the gay marriage issue in just the past few years in America and internationally.  Gay marriages were recently even permitted in Utah, for a few weeks at least.

As our own Becca Morn wrote in her year-end summary for 2013, In just the past year, we’ve gone from 10 states and DC that recognize gay unions to 17.

Gay couple gets married in New Jersey in 2013.

Gay couple gets married in New Jersey in 2013.

One of the first gay couples married in Utah in December of 2013.

One of the first gay couples married in Utah in December of 2013.

And internationally, we saw the UK, France, New Zealand, Brazil and Uruguay all legalize gay marriage.

France's first legally-wed gay couple share a kiss. Via FranceTVInfo.

France’s first legally-wed gay couple share a kiss. Via FranceTVInfo.\

Wikipedia has a bit more background on the international roundup, pre-Scotland:

Same-sex marriage is legally recognized nationwide in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay. In the United States, same-sex marriages are recognized on the federal level, though same-sex couples can only marry in sixteen of the fifty states and Washington D.C. In Mexico, same-sex marriages are only performed regularly in Mexico City and Quintana Roo, but these marriages are recognized by all Mexican states and by the Mexican federal government. Israel does not recognize same-sex marriages performed on its territory, but recognizes same-sex marriages performed in foreign jurisdictions.

While there have been setbacks, most notably in Africa and Russia, it’s an amazing time to be gay.

Photo credit: Gary Dunion.

Photo credit: Gary Dunion.

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