Same Gender Marriage: Canada One of only ten countries in the world that legally recognizes same sex marriage. Fourth in the world to do so. Prior to the passage of national legislation, it was already legal in eight provinces.
Same Gender Marriage: Japan Not allowed under Japanese constitution Major step taken – country now allows Japanese nationals to marry same sex partners who have citizenship from countries where same gender marriage is legal.
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