Three-quarters of the teams still vying for the trophy have legalized marriage equality at the national level. That 75% is over four times the average for countries worldwide that have legalized same-sex marriage — 18%.
Conversely, 69% of the teams that were eliminated after pool play do not have marriage equality. Of the countries that qualified for the World Cup, 53% had failed to legalize same-sex marriage.
Yes, the nations that have marriage equality have done better at the World Cup than those who have not.
Only one country — host Russia — that has not decriminalized homosexual sex has made out of group play. That’s an abysmal 13% of the countries in the World Cup with federal punishments just for being gay.
It’s great to see nations that embrace LGBTQ equality succeeding on the world sports stage.