Australia is the richest country to block gay marriage

Angus Kidman 12 August 2015

The Australian Coalition government's decision to block a parliamentary free vote to allow gay marriage has been widely derided as being out of step with the rest of the world. That's particularly clear if we rank countries based on average take-home incomes.

Of the top 10 countries in the world based on average take-home income, only Australia and South Korea have no provisions at all for gay marriage. (Legislation to allow gay marriage is pending in Switzerland; Germany allows civil partnerships and adoption for gay couples.)

RankCountryTake-home incomeMarriage equality
1Luxembourg$55,387Yes
2Switzerland$50,817Pending
3Australia$46,334No
4Norway$46,311Yes
5Germany$45,687Civil partnerships
6Belgium$43,034Yes
7United States$42,433Yes
8South Korea$42,050No
9Ireland$41,459Yes
10United Kingdom$41,451Yes

Figures are sourced from the OECD and show net take home pay in US dollars for a married couple with two children, adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP), based on 100 per cent of the average wage in that country. Australia's claims to be an advanced economy look out of step when it comes to this issue, though it seems clear we'll be waiting a while for any changes to take place in the current political environment.

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