An activist holds up a rainbow flag inside Botswana High Court in Gaborone. Here are the other countries around the world that still criminalise same-sex relations, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association :. Gay rights are constitutionally enshrined in most of South and North America.
After three days of intense debate at a conference in St. Now, a divide of the United Methodist Church, which has 12 million members worldwide, appears imminent. Some pastors and bishops in the United States are already talking about leaving the denomination and possibly creating a new alliance for gay-friendly churches.
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And the odds of Congress changing that in the immediate future are slim. While courts and federal agencies have found some protections for gay and transgender Americans under existing statutes, efforts to pass a law that explicitly makes it illegal to deny them an apartment or fire them from a job have faltered. LGBT rights advocates have been pushing to pass such laws for decades, starting long before their successful fights to legalize same-sex marriage and allow gay people to serve openly in the military. And in March, lawmakers from both chambers of Congress launched yet another attempt, introducing the Equality Act ofa sweeping measure that would ban discrimination in areas ranging from housing to public accommodations a realm that includes public bathrooms as well as bakeriestwo areas of recent contention.
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.
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February 22, Many more criminalise homosexuality. Mauritanian law allows for a sentence of death by stoning, but the country has a de facto moratorium on capital punishment.
Conversion therapy, which can include hypnosis or electric shocks, is based on the belief that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is a curable mental illness. In Germany, there are an estimated 1, attempts a year to change the sexual orientation of homosexuals, according to the Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation, a Berlin-based organization that fights discrimination. One of the studies concluded that the sexual orientation of a human being could not be changed through therapy, and that such methods could harm the soul of patients.
T he Texas legislature has ended another busy session, sending bills to the governor that would ban red-light traffic cameras, end regulation of the plumbing industrymake it easier to dine outdoors with a dog, carry brass knuckles, and possess a gun inside a rented apartment and a place of worship. It would not be complex or time-consuming to strike out a brief section from the code, and Democrats have tried at every regular session since the supreme court ruling. Attempts to update the Texas Family Code to comply with the supreme court decision that legalised same-sex marriage nationwide also went nowhere.