Same-sex marriage has been legalized in twenty-eight countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Civil Society. While same-sex marriage has made the most gains in Western democracies, antidiscrimination laws are gaining traction worldwide. In , seventy-three countries, including some that retain sodomy laws, had protections against employment discrimination [PDF] based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Activists in the international arena have focused on antiviolence and antidiscrimination campaigns rather than same-sex marriage.
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This is a living document which will be updated regularly to reflect new events and further Human Rights Watch research. Last updated: June 22, The report, released in January , is not comprehensive — this year, it covered the events of in over countries. To fill some of the gaps, we have added additional country profiles for all other countries that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct or gender expression, and for some other countries in which notable events related to LGBT rights took place in Where Human Rights Watch has undertaken specific work on intersex issues, this has been included. The country profiles accompany a series of maps that show which countries criminalize consensual same-sex conduct or gender expression, the language of such laws, and the populations targeted, along with another series of maps showing where same-sex marriage or civil unions are legalized. Our hope is that the three resources will be of use to researchers, advocates and legal professionals interested in comparative analysis of the legal and social environments facing LGBT people around the world, as well as those who wish to take a deeper dive into the developments in a particular country.
The National Front for the Family -- a coalition of conservative religious groups -- called for the protests, and is also planning a mass march for September 24 in Mexico City. Some 5, people marched in Veracruz, where some engaged in verbal clashes with gay rights counter-protestors. Thousands of people of various religious denominations also turned out to protest in the streets of the northern border city Ciudad Juarez. In May Pena Nieto announced a constitutional reform that would legalize same-sex marriage across Mexico. Several other Latin American countries already allow such unions.
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