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(CNN) Supporters of gay rights are still celebrating a federal judge's ruling in California that struck down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The ruling has raised emotions in not only the United States, but in countries around the world.Same-sex marriage is currently legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia, while civil unions are permitted in New Jersey.
Worldwide, 10 countries have legalized same-sex marriage - most recently Argentina at the end of July.
Many other countries have approved civil unions and registered partnerships and still others are debating a legal status for gay people.
Despite the growing number of countries, predominantly in the west, that allow same-sex marriage or recognize civil unions, homosexual behavior is still illegal in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates.
As the debate heats up, Connect the World held a special edition of our program alongside a very lively online chat.
Here are some highlights from our special show as well as how the online chat went below. Feel free to continue the discussion by leaving your comments below.