Gay sex is no longer as widely criminalized as it used to be, but a total of 72 nations still have laws against it. That was the year when the global rights group began documenting the laws that are used to persecute LGBT people. Indonesia , where a large province and some cities outlaw homosexual acts. The blog has resisted including Russia on its list simply because Russia does not have a law against homosexual activity. Although Russia and Chechnya deny it, in Chechen police illegally arrested at least men on the grounds of their suspected sexual orientation. Detained in two known illegal prisons, they were tortured, humiliated and beaten. At least three were killed.
Countries that have legalized same-sex marriage
Marriage: Countries where same sex unions are officially legal
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that all U. In light of the decision, here is a list of 21 other countries where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide and the year it was approved Mexico is not included because the country only allows same-sex marriage in certain jurisdictions :. Supreme Court ruled that the U. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 26,
29 countries where same sex marriage is officially legal
A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not. Below is a list of countries that have legalized the practice, with the most recent countries to do so shown first. The decision, which went into effect immediately, makes the Andean mountain nation the fifth country in Latin America to allow gays and lesbians to wed.
Same-sex marriage has been legalized in in twenty-seven countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Yet same-sex marriage remains banned in many countries, and the expansion of broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights has been uneven globally. International organizations, including the United Nations, have issued resolutions in support of LGBT rights, but human rights groups say these organizations have limited power to enforce these newly recognized rights. Civil Society. Javier Corrales, a professor at Amherst College who focuses on LGBT rights in Latin America, points to income levels and the influence of religion in politics, as well as the overall strength of democracy, to explain regional divergences [PDF].