Fifty years after homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales, 72 other countries and territories worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex relationships, including 45 in which sexual relationships between women are outlawed. There are eight countries in which homosexuality can result in a death penalty, and dozens more in which homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence, according to an annual report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ILGA. Southern and east Africa, the Middle East and south Asia persist with the most draconian approaches.
Same-sex marriage also known as gay marriage is the marriage of two people of the same sex or genderentered into in a civil or religious ceremony. There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century though there is no legal provision in Roman Law, and it was banned in the Roman Empire in the fourth. In the modern era, same-sex marriage started being legalized at the beginning of the 21st century.
In many countries throughout Asia and the Pacific, same-sex activity is legal. LGBTQ people are also not allowed to openly serve in the military in the majority of countries in the region. Click to view and enlarge maps that show where same-sex sexual activity is legal, where anti-discrimination laws exist, and which countries have the right to change legal gender in both Asia and the Pacific.
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.
For many years, same-sex marriage has been a hot topic of endless debate. Supporters of same-sex marriage say that a relationship and subsequent marriage between two people of the same sex is natural and normal. These supporters believe that a person does not choose to be gay and is instead born this way.
People demonstrate for the legalisation of gay marriage and parenting on December 16, in Paris, France. People fighting for same-sex marriage rights around the world have seen global support increase in recent years. Australia, Malta, and Germany legalized same-sex marriage inand Taiwan made history last monthbecoming the first government in Asia to welcome legislation on marriage equality.
On June 26,the U. The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage nationwide, including in the 14 states that did not previously allow gays and lesbians to wed. As we approach the fourth anniversary of the ruling, here are five key facts about same-sex marriage:.
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. Indonesiawhere a large province and some cities outlaw homosexual acts.
Ever since same-sex marriage was legalized in the Netherlands in props to the Netherlands for always being at the front of progressive changethe legalization of same-sex marriage has snowballed throughout the world. More than million people now live in countries where same-sex marriage is legal, and I encourage all travelers to support those countries at the forefront of equality and recognition of human rights. Find cheap flights to these countries by downloading the free Skyscanner app. The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage.