Argentina was the first country in Latin America , the second in the Americas , and the second in the Southern Hemisphere to allow same-sex marriage. Civil unions are not given the same treatment and status as marriages. However, they are regarded as valid options to form a family and to be legally recognized as one. The following table shows the number of civil unions in the city of Buenos Aires. On August 19, , the Argentine Government announced that it was allowing cohabiting same-sex couples who have lived together for over five years the right to collect the pensions of their deceased partners.
Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States
Religious views on same-sex marriage - Wikipedia
Even before the Obergefell v. The New England region has been noted for being the nucleus of the same-sex marriage movement in the United States,  with the region having among the most widespread and earliest legal support of any region. In , Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage ,  to be followed by three more states between October and June This followed Vermont being the first-in-the-nation with civil unions in The region holds a number of firsts on same-sex marriage: Vermont was the first state to enact it through legislative means and not because of a judicial ruling,   and Maine was the first state to have a governor sign a same-sex marriage bill that was not the result of a court decision. With Rhode Island legalizing same sex marriage, all New England states have same-sex marriage.
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History of same-sex unions
Same-sex marriage in Ecuador has been legal since 8 July , following the Constitutional Court ruling that the country's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional under the Constitution of Ecuador. The ruling took effect upon publication in the official registry. Ecuador became the fifth South American country to allow same-sex couples to marry. The country has also recognized same-sex civil unions since
Same-sex marriage in France has been legal since 18 May The legislation applies to metropolitan France as well as to the French overseas departments and territories. On 12 February , the National Assembly approved the bill in a — vote. On 12 April , the Senate approved the bill with amendments in a — vote, followed by the approval of the amended bill by the National Assembly on 23 April in a — vote. However, a challenge to the law by the conservative UMP party was filed with the Constitutional Council following the vote.