It’s been revealed that around 929 million people now live in countries or areas in which same-sex marriage is legal. That’s almost one-seventh of the global population!
The astonishing statistic was compiled by Australian LGBT rights activist, Tony Pitman from the Melbourne Ports Residents for Marriage Equality.
He explained that the most recent and dramatic jump in numbers was as a result of the June 26 US Supreme Court ruling legalising same-sex marriage across the entire USA.
This makes the USA, with its 321 million inhabitants, the most populous country in the world with full marriage equality.
“We’re edging close to one billion people now,” said Pitman.
“If the whole of Mexico achieves marriage equality in the next few months, or another large country like Germany, then we’ll finally push over the one billion mark.”
The achievement is remarkable considering that these gains have been made in just 14 years. The Netherlands was the first nation (at least in modern times) to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001.
Pitman added that, “It will be particularly embarrassing and frustrating if Australians are not amongst the first billion people in the world to achieve this basic and fundamental human right.”
Efforts to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia have thus far been stymied by Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government, which has consistently opposed marriage equality.
According to Pitman, 19 countries now have full marriage equality, as does most of the UK (except for Northern Ireland) and certain states in Mexico.