A NEW analysis undertaken by Melbourne-based LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has revealed that there are now 700 million people worldwide living in jurisdictions with marriage equality.
Pitman said that in just six months, an additional 93 million people were living where gay and lesbian couples could marry. The analysis does not separate how the trans* and intersex community are treated.
“It’s quite extraordinary. It also means that marriage equality is now a reality for almost 10 per cent of the entire world’s population,” Pitman said.
“It makes you wonder how many more people will achieve marriage equality before Australians also attain this basic human right. 100 million? 300 million? It’s embarrassing that Australia is so far behind the rest of the world on this issue.”
According to Pitman, over the last six months the jurisdictions that achieved marriage equality were England and Wales, as well as five states of the USA; New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico and Utah.
After US Federal Court Judge Shelby struck down laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in Utah, where the Mormons have a stronghold, it was widely reported that all states would have to eventually repeal laws against marriage equality.
However, earlier last week a stay was placed in the Utah marriages according to reports emerging from the US, including with NBC News.
American LGBTI publication Washington Blade previously told the Star Observer that 17 states and D.C. currently allowed same-sex marriage.