Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies passed a bill on 12 Decemberto extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. In Vietnam, currently only a marriage between a man and a woman is recognized. Yet same-sex marriage remains banned in many countries, and the expansion of broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights has been uneven globally. Backgrounder Current political and economic issues succinctly explained. Same-sex marriage in Portugal. Recognition of same-sex unions in the Czech Republic.
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Same-sex marriage in Canada. South Africa is the only sub-Saharan African country where same-sex couples can marry. Israel does not recognize civil marriages performed under its own jurisdiction.
In Aprilthe Constitutional Court declared the law to be constitutionally valid.