Same-sex rights around the globe gaining momentum

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There is definitely a movement toward expanded rights for gays and lesbians in much of the world.

Let’s take a look. There is a law recently passed in Albania to protect gays against bias, a court in New Delhi, India overturned the city’s ban on consensual gay sex, and Nepal is expected to soon legalize same-sex marriage in hopes of attracting gay tourists. China, on the other hand, opened its first state-sponsored gay bar in December. Yet gay sex is still illegal in 80 countries.

So, where on earth are same-sex marriage legal and punishable and where sanctions are easing and tightening?

Here’s the latest from the Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:

  • Same-sex marriage is LEGAL:
  1. Canada
  2. Spain
  3. The Netherlands
  4. Belgium
  5. Norway
  6. Sweden
  7. South Africa and others.
  • Homosexual acts are PUNISHABLE:
  1. Iran
  2. Saudi Arabia
  3. United Arab Emirates
  4. Yemen
  5. Mauritania
  6. Parts of Nigeria
  7. Sudan
  • Sanctions against homosexuals seem to be EASING:
  1. China
  2. Singapore
  3. Cuba
  4. Nepal
  • Sanctions against homosexuals seem to be TIGHTENING:
  1. Burundi
  2. Nigeria
  3. Russia
  4. Uganda

So, which part of the world are you? Do you know the latest in your country?

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