The Guardian Nigeria reviews the current status of gay marriage around the world; In the Middle East, Israel leads in terms of respect for homosexual rights.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has softened her opposition to gay marriage, which is legal in about 20 countries around the world, 13 of which are in Europe.
Gay Marriage is Rare in Africa, Asia and Middle East
On the African continent, where around 30 countries ban homosexuality, only in South Africa can gays legally marry and adopt children.
In the Middle East, Israel leads in terms of respect for homosexual rights, recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere even though such marriages are not performed in Israel itself. Gay couples can jointly adopt children.
In the Asia-Pacific region, the only country that allows gays to marry is New Zealand, which passed a law in April 2013.
Several Australian states practice civil unions, which are not recognised nationwide. But adoptions by gay parents are legal.
In May, Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled against laws that prevent same-sex unions and gave the government two years to draft new legislation.