An incredible court ruling just ordered 16 countries to make same-sex marriage legal

Revellers take part in the Gay Pride Parade in San Jose, on June 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ezequiel BECERRA (Photo credit should read EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

A landmark court ruling has ordered 16 new countries to make same-sex marriage legal.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights reached a decision today on a marriage equality petition submitted two years ago by Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis.

Members of gay and lesbian organizations kiss during a demonstration in front of the Presidential Palace in San Jose on February 14, 2012. About one hundred Costa Rican gays rallied outside the government house to ask President Laura Chinchilla for a law legalizing the homosexual unions. AFP PHOTO/Rodrigo ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)


20 countries agreed to follow the court’s rulings when they signed the American Convention on Human Rights, including 16 which have not yet legalised same-sex marriage.

These countries are Barbados, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Suriname.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 11:  Revelers kiss during the annual gay pride parade on Copacabana beach December 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay, who also follow the court’s decisions, have already legalised same-sex marriage.

More than 280 million people live in the other 16 countries, which the court has told to treat its same-sex partners the same as straight couples.

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