While the Supreme Court’s recognition of same sex marriage is big news, most people in the world do not live in a country in which gay marriage is legal. The countries that recognize same sex marriage are mostly in the Americas and Europe, while the vast majority of the world’s population is in Asia and Africa. The Marimekko chart below shows the percentage of the population in each continent that live in countries in which same sex marriage is legal.
The second Marimekko chart completes the picture by enumerating the countries in which same sex marriage is legal. Five countries in the Americas–US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay–contain about 60% of the people and all recognize same sex marriage. While 14 European countries that account for only 33% of the people recognize same sex marriage. Large European countries including Germany, Italy and Spain are missing from the chart.
I used two charts to tell two parts of the story. The first highlights that same sex marriage is still illegal in most of the world. The second documents the countries, grouped by continent, that have legalized same sex marriage. The data is from the Pew Research Center and is accurate as of July 1, 2015. Here are the charts in SlideShare to download and include in your presentation: