Ecuador became the latest country to allow same-sex marriage, with five of nine judges in the country’s top court ruling in favor of two gay couples who sued after their request to be married was denied by the country’s civil registry.
With the decision by the Constitutional Court, Ecuador joins a handful of Latin American nations – including Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia and Uruguay – that have legalized same-sex marriage either through judicial rulings, or less frequently, legislative action.
Also with this development, the Latin American nation is now the 27th country to allow same-sex marriage.
In Asia, still only Taiwan became the first territory in Asia to pass same-sex marriage.
There are still 68 nations where homosexual relations are illegal.