France became the 14th nation to legalize gay marriage when President Francois Hollande signed the bill into law on May 18. While the United States debates the issue, the law has been on the books for more than a decade in some countries. And, like the movement in American states, there has been an acceleration worldwide in equal marriage laws.
Britain On July 17, Britain legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval. It also gives couples in civil unions — introduced in 2005 — the ability to easily convert their bonds to marriages. Read the article. Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo