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SAME SEX MARRIAGE IS LEGAL: Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, Belguim, Norway, Sweden, South Africa "and more"
"HOMOSEXUAL" ACTS ARE PUNISHABLE BY DEATH: Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Mautania; parts of Nigeria and Sudan
SANCTIONS AGAINST "HOMOSEXUALS" SEEM TO BE EASING: China, Singapore, Cuba, Nepal
SANCTIONS SEEM TO BE TIGHTENING: Berundi, Nigeria, Russia, Uganda
"Last month, the district of Columbia jointed Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and New Hampshire in legalizing gay marriage. Thought it's hard to generalize, there is "definitely a movement" towad expanded rights for gays in much of the world, says Scott Long of Human Rights Watch.
Albania recently passed a law to protect gays against bias. A court in New Delhi, India, overturned that city's ban on sensual gay sex, and Nepal is expected to legalize same-sex marriage this year in hopes of attracting gay tourists. China opened its first state-sponsored gay bar in December, follwoing a dramatic rise in the spread of HIV/AIDS among gay men. "If people are afraid to "out" themselves, they're forced into a conspirachy of silvence that prevents them from receiving information that can save their lives," explains Jessica Stern of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. In fact, rates of new HIV infections are higher in countries with repressive laws against "homosexuality", according to research from teh United Nations agency of HIV/AIDS. Yet gay sex is still illegal in 80 countries. At least seven impose the death penalty for homosexual acts - usually under Islamic law. Gays "are often used as poitical proxies for other agendas - the West, anything modern or non-traditional," Stern Explains.
Sources: Human Rights Watch; International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission."