250 million people worldwide now live in jurisdictions with the freedom to marry

Although the past year has been frustrating to liberals and libertarians on many levels, one exception is in the increasing willingness of governments around the world to recognize the freedom to marry, as Argentina determined to do on Wednesday.

There are now about 250 million people worldwide living in jurisdictions which provide for marriage equality, as this colorful chart helps demonstrate.

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The freedom to marry in Argentina - will other nations follow?

Argentina has now gone the furthest in support of the freedom to marry of any nation in Latin America, and proponents are hoping the move influences other nations.

“I think it will have enormous impact in Argentina and South America and around the world, including in the US, because it signifies the tremendous momentum in favor of the freedom to marry," says Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry.

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Argentina legalizes the freedom to marry in historic vote

Argentina legalized marriage for same-sex couples on Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America to grant gays and lesbians all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexual couples.

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Video: Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner - fierce advocate

Days before the Argentinean senate was to vote on a historic marriage equality bill (the vote is today), President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner voiced her strongest support yet for the bill.

Kirchner, who is in a diplomatic visit to China and won't be in Argentina when the vote takes place, has said that she will not veto the bill if it arrives on her desk after the senate vote. The lower House of Deputies already approved a version of the bill.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson: Marriage equality? Why not?

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says he supports the freedom to marry and wants to be mayor again for Worldpride, which London will be hosting in 2012.

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Video: Spanish Prime Minister on the importance of the freedom to marry

Excerpts from a speech by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero about the importance and value of marriage equality. The video is subtitled in English.

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Mexico City sees 271 weddings of same-sex couples in 4 months

Mexico City has seen 271 gay and lesbian couples get married since the capital enacted the first law in Latin America explicitly honoring marriages of same-sex couples.

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Video: Argentian (Spanish language/subtitled) ad in support of the freedom to marry

Check out this powerful ad (Spanish language/subtitled) in support of the freedom to marry in Argentina.

Interesting connections to the past and their relevance to marriage equality today are highlighted.

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UK considers religious ceremonies for same-sex couples

Britain's government is considering letting same-sex couples include religious elements in civil partnership ceremonies.

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Gay U.S. citizens seek to claim residency for foreign spouses

An immigration reform measure proposed by an Illinois congressman would give the foreign partners of gay U.S. citizens a route to citizenship.

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