Cameroon Battling 'Anti-Homosexuals Apartheid,' Lawyer Claims 03/16/2014 02:42 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016 Yannick Pasquet Agence France Presse JOHANNES EISELE via Getty Images This entry has expired Also on HuffPost: Gay Marriage Around The World Gay Marriage Around The World Share 1 of 18 Netherlands The Netherlands was the first country to recognize gay marriage in 2001. Pictured: Jan van Breda and Thijs Timmermans. Share this slide: Getty Netherlands The Netherlands was the first country to recognize gay marriage in 2001. Pictured: Jan van Breda and Thijs Timmermans. Getty image Belgium Belgium legalized same-sex marriages in 2003. Pictured: Marion Huibrecht and Christel Verswyvelen. Getty image Spain Spain legalized gay marriage in 2005. Getty image Canada Canada followed Spain and approved gay marriage in 2005. Getty image South Africa South Africa legalized same sex marriage in 2006. Pictured: Vernon Gibbs and Tony Hall. Getty image Norway Norway followed suit in 2009. Norwegian finance minister and chairwoman of the Socialist Left party Kristin Halvorsen (L) stands next to wedding figurines outside the House of Parliament in Oslo on June 11, 2008, where she celebrated the passing of a new law awarding equal rights to same sex partnerships as those enjoyed by heterosexual marriages. (Getty) Getty image Sweden Sweden recognized same sex marriage in 2009. Pictured: Johan Lundqvist (L) and Alf Karlsson. Getty image Portugal Portugal recognized gay marriage in 2010. Pictured: Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao. Getty image Iceland Iceland legalized gay marriage in 2010. Getty image Argentina Argentina legalized same sex-marriage in 2010. It was the only Latin American country to do so. Pictured: Giorgio Nocentino (L) and Jaime Zapata. Getty image New Zealand New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific nation (and the 13th in the world) to legalize same-sex marriage. Pictured: Jills Angus Burney (L) and Deborah Hambly. AP image Denmark Denmark became the first country to allow the registration of gay partnerships in 1989. In 2012, Denmark's Parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to get married in formal church weddings instead of the short blessing ceremonies that the state's Lutheran Church offered. Getty Images image Uruguay The Uruguay Parliament lawmakers passed the "marriage equality project" in Montevideo, Uruguay,Wednesday, April 10, 2013. AP image U.S.A. Same-sex marriage is legal in 13 U.S. states and Washington DC. AP image Brazil Some parts of Brazil allow same-sex marriage (AL, BA, CE, DF, ES, MS, PR, PI, SE, and SP). AP image Mexico Some areas of Mexico allow gay marriage, such as Mexico City. AP image France France legalized same sex marriage in 2013. Pictures: an illustration made with plastic figurines of men is seen in front of the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French National Assembly. (JOEL SAGET/Getty Images) JOEL SAGET/Getty Images image Britain Britain legalized gay marriage on July 17, 2013 after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval. Gay marriages are set to begin in England and Wales in the summer of 2014. Getty Images image FOLLOW QUEER VOICES facebook twitter Suggest a correction GET THE NEWSLETTER Enter your email address to get top stories and blog posts emailed to you each day. YOU MAY LIKE FOLLOW HUFFPOST HuffPost Queer Voices HuffPost Queer Voices HuffingtonPost Available on the App Store Android App on Google Play Get it at Blackberry App World HUFFPOST NEWSLETTERS Enter your email address to get top stories and blog posts emailed to you each day. Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn More.