In 14 Years, Same-Sex Marriage Has Spread Around the World


2000 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands signs the world’s first same-sex marriage bill into law.

The modern gay-rights movement traces its origins to the Stonewall riots in New York in 1969. It took three more decades for countries to begin allowing same-sex partners to wed. Today, gay marriage is recognized around much of the world. In the U.S., 66 percent of Fortune 500 companies provide health insurance for domestic partners.

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