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The countries of the world have a wide variety of laws relating to sexual relations between people of the same sex - everything from full same-sex marriage to the death penalty as punishment for homosexual conduct. Among the first laws on same-sex relations ca. 600 BC are those in ancient Crete and Sparta, which encouraged all adult men to engage in mentoring homoerotic friendships. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 396 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,234 × 611 pixels, file size: 61 KB, MIME type: image/png) Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... 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A transgender woman at New York Citys gay pride parade Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English)) is a general term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... LGBT history refers to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cultures around the world, dating back to the first recorded instances of same-sex love and sexuality within ancient civilizations. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      This timeline of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history details notable events in the Common Era West. ... 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One of four newly wedded same-sex couples in a public wedding at Taiwan Pride 2006. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT adoption refers to the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered people. ... A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as sex crimes. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The militaries of the world have a variety of responses to gays, lesbians and bisexuals. ... A Jewish cemetery in France after being defaced by Neo-Nazis. ... 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In addition to laws against the practice of homosexuality, many countries around the world consider calling a person homosexual sufficient grounds for a libel lawsuit. For example, Jason Donovan and Liberace have sued newspapers that ran articles insinuating they were gay; both men won their lawsuits. Jason Sean Donovan (born June 1, 1968, Malvern, Melbourne) is an Australian actor and singer. ... Wladziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987), better known by only his last name Liberace (pronounced [ˌlɪbəˈrɑːtʃi]), was an American entertainer. ...

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History of homosexuality laws

The first recorded laws against sexual intercourse between men are dated by scholars to circa 550 BC, during the Babylonian captivity of the Jewish people; they are recorded in Leviticus (though conservative scholars date Leviticus much older), and they prescribe the death penalty. It is largely seen as a distinction between Judaism and Paganism on par with worshiping "false gods". At the time same-sex relations were incorporated into many Pagan religions. This pattern was continued throughout history with punitive laws arising from traditional interpretations of Judaism and its descendant Christianity, and Islam. With the advent of colonialism this attitude spread along with political control from the imperial powers of the nations with Abrahamic state religion. In post-colonial times some non-Abrahamic religions have maintained their adoptive views of homosexuality. Usually an Abrahamic religion is the primary factor when accounting for a law against homosexuality and the major supporter. Centuries: 7th century BC - 6th century BC - 5th century BC Decades: 600s BC - 590s BC - 580s BC - 570s BC - 560s BC - 550s BC - 540s BC - 530s BC - 520s BC - 510s BC - 500s BC Events and Trends Carthage conquers Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica 559 BC - King Cambyses I of Anshan dies... For other uses, see Babylonian captivity (disambiguation). ... Languages Historical Jewish languages Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, others Liturgical languages: Hebrew and Aramaic Predominant spoken languages: The vernacular language of the home nation in the Diaspora, significantly including English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian Religions Judaism Related ethnic groups Arabs and other Semitic groups For the Jewish religion, see Judaism. ... Leviticus is the third book of the Hebrew Bible, also the third book in the Torah (five books of Moses). ... Pagan and heathen redirect here. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... It has been suggested that Benign colonialism be merged into this article or section. ... Cecil Rhodes: Cape-Cairo railway project. ... map showing the prevalence of Abrahamic (purple) and Dharmic (yellow) religions in each country. ...


Christian psychologists in Europe also attempted to rationalize the negative views of sodomy predominant in Europe in the Middle Ages with secular language, calling it a disease, by which means it was later absorbed as non-religious science in Communist states. This article is about a form of government in which the state operates under the control of a Communist Party. ...


Homosexuality laws

This is a list of laws around the world concerning homosexuality. The list is arranged alphabetically by region. It should be noted that this list should not be assumed to represent a standard for measuring a nation's views, per se. Many nations which retained negative laws for a lengthy period of time, or even retain them today, may in practice be less oppressive of homosexuality than this suggests, with such laws simply being unenforced anachronisms. Similarly, a country which lacks formal laws against it may possess a culture which is openly hostile and may chose to persecute individuals by other means. No country in the world just criminalizes lesbianism or female-female sex, usually all homosexuality or just male homosexuality is still illegal in about 70 countries and/or even heterosexual sodomy (Sodomy is not just anal sex, it can also include oral sex, fornification or any sexual behavoiur that does not lead to procreation or birth of a child within marriage. The age of consent is equal - Unless it is noted below. This article is about law in society. ... Look up Anachronism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any...


Country names marked "(☆)" feature special "LGBT rights" articles about the country in question.


☆|Gibraltar||No, age of consent18 just for male-male sex and 16 for others from 1993; Soon could be equalized [39]||-||Considered||Yes||No||AD since 2004[40]. See LGBT rights in Gibraltar Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Male homosexuality has been legal since 1993 in Gibraltar, and the age of consent is 18 (16 for lesbianism and opposite sex sexual activities). ...

Africa

Country Laws against homosexuality Penalty Same-sex Unions Laws against discrimination Adoption Comments
Algeria Yes Fine - 3 years - No No See LGBT rights in Algeria.
Angola Yes Labour camps - No No Page 6 of [2] and LGBT rights in Angola.
Benin Yes 3 years - No No  
Botswana Yes Fine - 7 years - No No  
Burkina Faso No - - No No See LGBT rights in Burkina Faso.
Burundi No - - No No  
Cameroon Yes Fine - 5 years - No No See LGBT rights in Cameroon.
Cape Verde No (Since 2004) - - No No See LGBT rights in Cape Verde.
Central African Republic No - - No No See LGBT rights in the Central African Republic.
Chad No - - No No See LGBT rights in Chad.
Comoros No - - No No See LGBT rights in Comoros.
Republic of the Congo No - - No No See LGBT rights in the Republic of the Congo.
Democratic Republic of the Congo No - - No No See LGBT rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Côte d'Ivoire No - - No No -
Djibouti Yes 10 - 12 years - No No See LGBT rights in Djibouti.
Egypt No* - No [3] and LGBT rights in Egypt.
Equatorial Guinea No - - No No -
Eritrea Yes 3 - 10 years - No No -
Ethiopia Yes 10 days - 3 years - No No See LGBT rights in Ethiopia.
Gabon No - - No No See LGBT rights in Gabon.
Gambia Yes Fine - 14 years - No No -
Ghana Yes ? - No No See LGBT rights in Ghana.
Guinea Yes 6 months - 3 years - No No -
Guinea Bissau Yes Labour camps - No No Page 17 of [4]
Kenya Male only Fine - 14 years - No No See LGBT rights in Kenya.
Lesotho Male only ? - No No -
Liberia Yes Fine - No No -
Libya Yes Fine - 5 years - No No -
Madagascar No - - No No -
Malawi Yes ? - 14 years - No No -
Mali No - - No No See LGBT rights in Mali.
Mauritania Yes Death - No No -
Mauritius Yes Fine - 5 years - No No -
Morocco Yes 6 months - 3 years - No No See LGBT rights in Morocco.
Mozambique Yes Labor camps - No No Page 25 of [5].
Namibia No - - Yes No Constitutional protection for sexual orientation in Namibia since 2005 and laws against discrimination in the labor code since 1992.
Niger No - - No No See LGBT rights in Niger.
Nigeria Yes* 5 - 14 years/Death - No No *Areas under Sharia have instituted death for men and women. Any content, avocating groups or associations, support, talking to, marriage, etc regarding LGBT persons can land you in jail for at least four years [6]. See LGBT rights in Nigeria.
Rwanda No - - No No [7], [8].
São Tomé and Príncipe Yes Labor camps - No No Page 34 of [9].
Senegal Yes 1 month - 5 years - No No -
Seychelles Yes Fine - 2 years - No No -
Sierra Leone Yes Life - Yes* No *The Anti-Corruption Commission stated in a press release that in a bid to attract competent and qualified staff, they operate a transparent recruitment policy, which even forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Somalia Yes* 3 months - 3 years/Death - No No *Areas under Sharia have instituted death for men and women.
South Africa No - Same-sex marriage Yes Yes Constitutional protection for sexual orientation in South Africa since 1996 and the first country in Africa to legalise same-sex marriage. See LGBT rights in South Africa
Sudan Yes 5 years - Death - No No -
Swaziland Male only* Fine US$90 - Prison - No No *Pending law, page 9 (Number 12), includes outlawing lesbian sex conduct. [10] and page 37 [11].
Tanzania Yes Fine - 25 years - No No In Zanzibar male homosexual acts are punished with up to 25 years imprisonment or fine. Lesbian acts are punished with up 7 years imprisonment or fine. See LGBT rights in Tanzania.
Togo Yes Fine - 3 years - No No -
Tunisia Yes Fine - 3 years - No No See LGBT rights in Tunisia.
Uganda Male only Fine - Life - No No The first country in the world to have a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage (since 2004).[1]
Zambia Male only Fine - 14 years - No No -
Zimbabwe Male only Fine - 1 year - No No In July the Zimbabwe government passed the "sexual deviancy laws". [12], [13] and LGBT rights in Zimbabwe.

Asia

Country Laws against homosexuality Penalty Same-sex Unions Laws against discrimination Adoption Comments
Afghanistan ? ? No No ? ? - Unsure if homosexuality is a crime or not since the country is undergoing a period of relative chaos due to the continuing battles between NATO forces and the resurgent Taliban, but the death penalty (imposed under the Taliban) is no longer used. The Penal Code from 1976 in force, stipulates long imprisonment for adultery and pederasty. [14] and LGBT rights in Afghanistan.
Bahrain Male only Fine - 10 years - No No See LGBT rights in Bahrain.
Bangladesh Yes 10 years - Life - No No -
Bhutan Yes* 1 month - 1 year - No No *In 2004, the penal code of Bhutan, page 9 of [15]. However, there are no known cases of anyone having ever been charged with this petty misdemeanor. Little is known about gay life in Bhutan, as Bhutanese culture does not share the typical western view of heterosexuality and homosexuality. Some people have even called it an openly bisexual society, though this is disputed. [16].
Brunei Yes Fine - 10 years - No No -
Cambodia No - - No No Former king Norodom Sihanouk has called for legalization of gay marriage. See LGBT rights in Cambodia.
China (PRC) No - - No No Marriage laws under-review. See [17] and LGBT rights in China
Hong Kong No - - Considered* No *AD under consideration. See LGBT rights in China#Hong Kong.
India Yes* Fine - Life/10 years - No No *Law remains on books since 1860, but government does not prosecute, criminalizes "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal". Section 377 is currently facing constitutional challenge at the Delhi High Court in a petition filed by Naz Foundation.[2] Homosexual marriages are de facto banned. See LGBT rights in India.
Indonesia No* - - No No *In 2002, the Aceh province was given the right to instate Islamic sharia by laws by the national parliament. Such law only applies to Muslims, and for example the city of Palembang in South Sumatra has introduced jail time and hefty fines, for homosexual sex [18] and in 2003, a proposal to nationally criminalize homosexuality failed.
Iran Yes For men:Prison - Death. Situation unclear with women - No No Sex change operations have been given official government support as means to cure a gender identity disease. Law in Iran, in general, is not formally in order and is often abused by government officials. From many years there aren't certified executions for homosexuality, although some retain teenagers Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni executed for this and not for rape.. See LGBT rights in Iran.
Iraq No* - - No No *No provisions of the current Iraqi criminal code deal with homosexuality. The U.S. occupation restored the criminal code back to its original 1969 edition. Before 2003, the criminal code was amended in 2001 to include the death penalty for homosexuality. However currently, death squads are operating in the country killing gays. [19] and LGBT rights in Iraq.
Israel No - Unregistered cohabition, Recognition of same-sex marriages performed abroad Yes ? Fairly strong support for giving legal recognition to same-sex couples. Only Middle Eastern nation to support gay rights legislation. The armed forces of Israel allow service without any distinction based on sexual orientation. See LGBT rights in Israel.
Japan No, but a higher age of consent in some prefectures - - Yes No AD in Human Rights Act since 2001. See LGBT rights in Japan.
Jordan No* - - No No *While not a crime, reports have shown that LGBT people can be victims of vigilante "honor killings". See LGBT rights in Jordan.
Kazakhstan No - - No No See LGBT rights in Kazakhstan.
Kuwait Yes Fine - 7 years - No No -
Kyrgyzstan No - - No No -
Laos No - - No No The Penal Code: [20], [21].
Lebanon Yes Fine - 1 year - No No A small public campaign exists to legalize homosexual relations between consenting adults in private. See LGBT rights in Lebanon.
Macao No - - No No See LGBT rights in China.
Malaysia Yes Fine - 20 years - No No Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who was himself jailed for homosexuality, has called for their repeal. Marina Mahathir, the daughter of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, has called for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation.[22] However, during Mahathir's term as Prime Minister, he warned gay ministers in foreign countries not to bring along their partners while visiting his nation. [23].
Maldives Male only Fine - 10 years - No No -
Mongolia No* - - No No *"Satisfaction of sexual desire in unnatural

manner" in the Penal Code of 2002, and cannot be used for consensual homosexuality in private anymore. [24]. LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      LGBT rights in Algeria covers the legal and social conditions of LGBT people living in Algeria. ... Gay rights in Angola are very limited. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence This box:      // Homosexual acts are banned in Cameroon, and are punishable with up to five years in jail according to Section 347 of the countrys penal code. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      As of 2004, homosexuality is legal in Cape Verde. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // There is no law against gays. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // There is no sodomy law in Chad. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // Gay and lesbian sex are not illegal in Comoros. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      This article applies to the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, not the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      This article applies to the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, not the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The laws regarding homosexuality in Djibouti are vague and can sometimes be confusing, but it is generally understood that homosexuality is de facto illegal. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      LGBT rights in Egypt are limited to nonexistent, due to the fact that homosexuality is strictly taboo in Egypt. ... Male homosexuality is illegal in Ethiopia and female homosexuality is overlooked in the law. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // There are no sodomy laws in Gabon, homosexuality is legal in Gabon and the age of consent is 18 for same-sex conduct. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      While Ghana is generally recognised as a tolerant and friendly society, the legal and social status of homosexuality remains controversial, due mainly to the conservative nature of... Motto Unidade, Luta, Progresso(Portuguese) Unity, Struggle, Progress Anthem Esta é a Nossa Pátria Bem Amada(Portuguese) Capital (and largest city) Bissau1 Official languages Portuguese Government Republic  -  President João Bernardo Vieira  -  Prime Minister Martinho Ndafa Kabi Independence from Portugal   -  Declared September 24, 1973   -  Recognised September 10, 1974  Area  -  Total... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Sections 162 to 165 of the Penal Code criminalize homosexual behaviour and attempted homosexual behaviour between men, which is referred to as carnal knowledge against the order... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // There is no laws against homosexuality. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // While consensual sex between individuals of the same gender is legal, Niger law states that; “Whoever has committed a lewd act or an act against nature on... This article is about Islamic religious law. ... The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // Homosexual acts are outlawed in the Nigerian penal code and in Muslim law. ... This article is about Islamic religious law. ... It has been suggested that Civil unions in South Africa be merged into this article or section. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... It has been suggested that Civil unions in South Africa be merged into this article or section. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      South Africa has a diverse history when it comes to the legal and social status of LGBT people as a result of traditional South African mores, western... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ... Map of Zanzibars main island Zanzibar is part of Tanzania Coordinates: , Country Tanzania Islands Unguja and Pemba Capital Zanzibar City Settled AD 1000 Government  - Type semi-autonomous part of Tanzania  - President Amani Abeid Karume Area  - Both Islands  637 sq mi (1,651 km²) Population (2004)  - Both Islands 1,070... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // In Tanzania, sex acts between men are illegal, and carry a penalty of 14 years in prison. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The practice of homosexuality is illegal in Tunisia and no gay rights exist. ... One of four newly wedded same-sex couples in a public wedding at Taiwan Pride 2006. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Male homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe and since 1995, the government has carried out anti-gay campaigns against both men and women. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      While there has been some traditional tolerance especially for homosexuality, pederasty, fornication and sodomy. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Bahrain is known as one of the more tolerant Muslim nations in the Middle East, and has recently undergone a period of political liberalization. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Criminal Code. ... A misdemeanor, or misdemeanour, in many common law legal systems, is a lesser criminal act. ... Occident redirects here. ... For other uses, see Society (disambiguation). ... Time in office: Apr. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Homosexuality is legal in Cambodia. ... The Peoples Republic of China (PRC) is a communist state, comprising most of the cultural, historic, and geographic area known as China. ... Young men sipping tea and having sex. ... Young men sipping tea and having sex. ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence This box:      Homosexuality in India, despite having an ancient history, is still considered a taboo subject, by both Indian civil society and the government of India. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Aceh (pronounced , generally Anglicized as IPA: ) is a special territory (daerah istimewa) of Indonesia, located on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra. ... This article is about Islamic religious law. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Mahmoud Asgari (Persian: ) and Ayaz Marhoni (Persian: ) were Iranian teenagers from the province of Khuzestan who were publicly hanged in Edalat (Justice) Square in Mashhad, northeast Iran, on July 19, 2005. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, some LGBT and human rights groups have cited a lack of tolerance toward the gay community. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The Republic of Iraq had a policy of treating homosexuality as a criminal offense under the leadership of Saddam Hussein and the legal status of homosexuality remains... Israel has granted unregistered cohabitation for same-sex couples since 1994, in the form of common law marriage, a status that until then was only extended to heterosexual couples. ... Same-sex marriage in Israel is not currently legal. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Israel is considered to be the most advanced and tolerant in the Middle East in terms of gay rights. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... The term prefecture has been used to denote a self-governing body or area since the time of Constantine I, who divided the Roman Empire into 4 districts (each divided into dioceses). ... Japan has no laws against homosexual activity, and some legal protections for LGBT people. ... The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... For other uses, see Vigilante (disambiguation). ... Jordan is generally seen as a moderate Muslim nation and although the criminal code makes no explicit distinction between private, adult and consensual heterosexual and homosexual relationships, Jordanians are quite religious and Islam, like some interpretations of other Abrahamic religions, looks critically upon homosexuality[1]. // Private, adult and consensual sodomy... 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Myanmar/Burma Yes* 10 years - Life - No No *One of the largest democracy activist organizations in exile has voted to decriminalize same-sex relations. See [25].
Nepal Yes Fine (5,000 rupees, approximately US$115.00) - 1 year - No No The Penal Code: [26].
North Korea No - - No No No public discussion or reference to homosexuality is allowed. Seen as a capitalist disease or vice. See LGBT rights in North Korea.
Oman Yes Fine - 3 years - No No -
Pakistan Yes* 2 years - Life - No No *The law applies to both men and women [27] and LGBT rights in Pakistan.
Palestinian Authority (Gaza) Male only* ? - 10 years - No No *Male homosexuality is illegal in Gaza, by the Criminal Code Ordinance 1936 still in force. Some are arrested or tortured and LGBT Palestinians often attempt to flee to Israel as they are targeted for death in PA-controlled areas. [28], [29] and LGBT Palestinian issues.
Philippines No - Pro gay Philippines(1994),Lad-lad(2006)* Considered* No *AD in consideration and the Communist Party assist same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriages banned since 2003, yet there is a large support for repeal. See LGBT rights in the Philippines and Homosexuality in the Philippines
Qatar Yes Fine - 5 years - No No -
Saudi Arabia Yes Death - No No Jail time, fines or whipping may be used in lieu of the death penalty. See LGBT rights in Saudi Arabia
Singapore Yes* 2 years (Section 377A in Singapore Penal Code); Maybe soon to be "repealed" [30] - No No *Law is rarely enforced, usually when it suspects risk of HIV infections during events such as sex parties [31]. The revised Penal Code reduces to 2 years in "maintained" Section 377A. Government officials have made calls to embrace diversity and to legalize anal and oral sex for 'Gross indencency' between men [32]. Former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong stated that openly gay people can be employed in the civil workforce. See LGBT rights in Singapore.
South Korea No - - No No No mention of homosexuality in Constitution or Civil Penal Code, although in practice widespread discrimination against gay people and censorship against gay websites is fairly common. Military Penal Code states up to a maximum of one year servitude or dishonorable discharge for homosexual acts performed while on active duty. See LGBT rights in South Korea.
Sri Lanka Yes Fine - 10 years - No No -
Syria Yes Fine - 3 years - No No See LGBT rights in Syria.
Taiwan (ROC) No - Considered Yes No Pending law allows civil unions or same-sex marriage. See LGBT rights in Taiwan.
Tajikistan No - - No No -
Thailand No - - No No From 2005, Thailand allows LGBT people to serve in the military [33] and LGBT rights in Thailand.
Timor-Leste No - - No No -
*Turkey No - - No No See LGBT rights in Turkey.
Turkmenistan Male only Fine - 2 years - No No -
United Arab Emirates Yes Unknown - Death - No No See LGBT rights in United Arab Emirates.
Uzbekistan Male only* Fine* - 3 years* - No No *"Besoqolbozlik" (Only applies to anal sex) [34], page 43 of [35].
Vietnam No - - No No Same-sex marriages banned since 1998. Reports suggest that this ban extends to a prohibition on domestic partnerships and civil unions and/or having any sort of public commitment celebration.
West Bank No - - No No See LGBT rights in Israel.
Yemen Yes Flogging - Death - No No -

Europe

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As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... One of four newly wedded same-sex couples in a public wedding at Taiwan Pride 2006. ... Taiwan is one of Asias most progressive countries as far as LGBT rights are concerned, not only since the government plans to introduce same-sex marriage since 2003. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... 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Country Laws against homosexuality Penalty Same-sex Unions Laws against discrimination Adoption Comments
Albania No - - No No See LGBT rights in Albania.
Andorra No - Stable unions Yes* Yes *AD since 2005 [36] and LGBT rights in Andorra.
Armenia No - - No No See LGBT rights in Armenia.
Austria No - Unregistered cohabitation Yes No Unregistered cohabitation since 2003; Registered partnership law currently being drafted. See LGBT rights in Austria.
Azerbaijan No - - No No See LGBT rights in Azerbaijan.
Belgium No - Same-sex marriage Yes Yes See LGBT rights in Belgium.
Belarus No - - No No LGBT people can be subjected to discrimination by the people and the government. See LGBT rights in Belarus.
Bosnia-Herzegovina No - - Yes No AD in Gender Equality Act since 2003. See LGBT rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria No - - Yes No LGBT rights in Bulgaria.
Croatia No - Unregistered cohabitation Yes No See LGBT rights in Croatia.
Cyprus No*, age of consent is 17 for all (Except for Woman/Boy sex is 13) age of consent Europe [37] - - Yes No *Also still illegal in Northern Cyprus soon to be repealed by a new Criminal Code (See below). See LGBT rights in Cyprus.
Czech Republic No - Registered partnership Yes No See LGBT rights in the Czech Republic.
Denmark No - Registered partnership Yes No First country to legally recognise same-sex partnerships of any kind in 1989. See LGBT rights in Denmark.
Estonia No - - Yes No See LGBT rights in Estonia.
Faroe Islands No - Considered Yes* No *AD from 2006 [38] and LGBT rights in the Faroe Islands.
Finland No - Registered partnership Yes No See LGBT rights in Finland.
France No - pacte civil de solidarité Yes No It should be noted that pacte civil de solidarité (French civil unions) is a common choice with all couples. See LGBT rights in France.
Georgia No - - Yes No See LGBT rights in Georgia (country).
Germany No - Registered partnership Yes No Constitutional protection for sexual orientation in some states of Germany. See LGBT rights in Germany.
Greece No, age of consent is 15 for all, but just for male-male sex (For the partner over 18) is 17 - Considered Yes No See LGBT rights in Greece.
Bailiwick of Guernsey - Including Alderney, Herm and Sark No, age of consent 18 for male-male sex and 16 for other acts from 1999; Soon could be equalized [41] - Considered Considered* No *AD in consideration and a proposed law to legalise civil partnerships passed its first reading in the States of Deliberation in 2006 [42].
Hungary No - Unregistered cohabitation; registered partnership from 1 January 2009 Yes No Registered partnerships come into force from 1 January 2009. See LGBT rights in Hungary.
Iceland No - Registered partnership Yes Yes See LGBT rights in Iceland.
Ireland No - Civil partnerships coming soon Yes Yes Civil Partnerships Bill 2007 (similar to the UK) - Currently awaiting approval [43] [44] [45]. See LGBT rights in the Republic of Ireland.
Isle of Man No - Yes (recognised only) Yes (since 2005) No See LGBT rights in the Isle of Man.
Italy No - Some regions Yes No Civil unions are recognized in Tuscany, Umbria, Emilia Romagna, Campania, Marche, Veneto, Puglia, Lazio, Liguria and Abruzzo. See LGBT rights in Italy.
Bailiwick of Jersey No - Yes Yes Yes Civil partnerships, AD laws and Adoption provided [46] Civil partnerships in Jersey.
Kosovo No - - Yes* No *AD in Kosovo since 2001. See LGBT rights in Serbia.
Latvia No - - Yes No Same-sex marriages banned. See LGBT rights in Latvia.
Liechtenstein No - Considered Considered Considered Registered partnerships, AD laws and Adoption are under consideration; See LGBT rights in Liechtenstein.
Lithuania No - - Yes No See LGBT rights in Lithuania.
Luxembourg No - Registered partnerships Yes No See LGBT rights in Luxembourg.
Macedonia No - - No No See LGBT rights in Macedonia.
Malta No - - Yes No See LGBT rights in Malta.
Moldova No - - Considered No See LGBT rights in Moldova.
Monaco No - No No No See LGBT rights in Monaco.
Montenegro No - - No No See LGBT rights in Montenegro.
Netherlands No - Same-sex marriage and Registered partnerships Yes Yes The first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001. See LGBT rights in the Netherlands.
Norway No - Registered partnership Yes Step-child adoption only See LGBT rights in Norway.
Poland No - Considered* Yes No *Civil unions considered. See LGBT rights in Poland.
Portugal No - Registered partnership Yes No Constitutional protection for sexual orientation in Portugal since 2004. See LGBT rights in Portugal.
Romania No - - Yes No See LGBT rights in Romania.
Russia No - - No No Proposals (By NPRF) to recriminalize homosexuality failed four times in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. See LGBT rights in Russia.
San Marino No - - No No See LGBT rights in San Marino.
Serbia No - - No No See LGBT rights in Serbia.
Slovakia No - - Yes No See LGBT rights in Slovakia.
Slovenia No - Registered partnership Yes No See LGBT rights in Slovenia.
Spain No - Same-sex marriage Yes Yes Unregistered and Registered Cohabitation in a number of regions. See LGBT rights in Spain.
Sweden No - Registered partnership Yes Yes Constitutional protection for sexual orientation in Sweden since 2003 and partnerships have the same rights as heterosexual marriage including adoption, but are legally distinct from marriage. See LGBT rights in Sweden.
Switzerland No - Registered partnership No No Constitutional protection for sexual orientation in Switzerland since 2000 based on "way of life". See LGBT rights in Switzerland.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (not recognised internationally) Male only; To be "legal" soon in a new drafted Criminal Code* [47] Fine/10-14 years No No No *A new Criminal Code whould "repeal" law(s) against sexual conduct between men. See LGBT rights in Cyprus.
Ukraine No - No No No See LGBT rights in Ukraine.
United Kingdom No - Civil partnership Yes Yes/No* *England and Wales since 2005, Scotland since 2006; Northern Ireland no adoption. See LGBT rights in the United Kingdom.
Vatican City No* - No Yes** No *Homosexuality is technically legal, but its manifestation contrary to the teachings of the ruling Roman Catholic Church. **In Catholic doctrine. See LGBT rights in the Vatican City

North America

Country Laws against homosexuality Penalty Same-sex Unions Laws against discrimination Adoption Comments
Anguilla No - No - - Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory. Homosexuality between two consenting adults in private was expressly legalised under the Caribbean Territories (Criminal Law) Order, 2000.
Antigua and Barbuda Yes 15 years - No - British laws are not applied to Antigua & Barbuda, and therefore the Sexual Offenses Act 1995 criminalizing homosexual acts, is enforceable.[48].
Aruba No - Can not be performed, but is recognized Yes Yes The Dutch Government states that as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is obliged to recognize civil unions and same-sex marriage as valid. However, Aruba cannot perform SSM's, but has to be recognised by order of the Supreme Court in 2007 [49] LGBT rights in Aruba
Bahamas No, same-gender sex "in Public" is a 20 year jail sentence and the age of consent "in private" for homosexual sex is 18, 16 for heterosexual sex [50] - - No - See LGBT rights in the Bahamas.
Barbados Yes Life - No - Laws currently under review - technically still illegal, but not enforced [51].
Belize Yes* 10 years - No - *Homosexuality re-criminalized from 2003. See[52] and also under section 26 ii (d) of the immigration act 1958, "Any prostitute or homosexual or any person who may be living on or receiving or may have been living on or receiving the proceeds of prostitution or homosexual behavior." is outlawed from incoming to Belize. See[53].
Bermuda No, age of consent 18 just for male-male sex, 16 for others from 1994 [54] - Considered Considered* - *AD in consideration [55].
British Virgin Islands No - No Yes; discrimination on grounds of sexuality is prohibited under the 2007 Constitution - British Virgin Islands is a British Overseas Territory. Homosexuality between two consenting adults in private was expressly legalised under the Caribbean Territories (Criminal Law) Order, 2000.
Canada No, the age of consent (The "age of protection" as it is called in Canada) 18 for anal sex, 14 for all non-anal sex, regardless of sexuality of the participants, since 1988 [56] - Same-sex marriage Yes - Anti-discriminatory laws provided by constitution and Egan v. Canada; in all provincial/territorial civil rights codes since Vriend v. Alberta. Common-law marriage since M. v. H., 1999; SSM since Civil Marriage Act, 2005. See LGBT rights in Canada.
Cayman Islands No - No Yes - Cayman Islands is a British Dependent Territory. Homosexuality between two consenting adults in private was expressly legalised under the Caribbean Territories (Criminal Law) Order, 2000.
Costa Rica No - Considered Yes* - *Anti-discrimination law since 1998. See [57]; Same-sex marriages and scandalous sodomy is banned. See LGBT rights in Costa Rica
Cuba No - Considered* No - *Civil unions or partnerships may be considered; See LGBT rights in Cuba.
Dominica Yes 10 years - No - From 1995 to 2000, 35 persons were arrested for the crime of buggery [58].
Dominican Republic No - - No - -
El Salvador No - No No No It is highly discriminated by society being homosexual making uncomfortable for people to come out
Greenland No - Yes Yes - See Civil Union.
Grenada Male only 10 years - No - .
Guadeloupe No - Pacte civil de solidarité Yes - Guadeloupe is a Département Français d'Outre-mer, so French Law is in force. See LGBT rights in France.
Guatemala No - - Yes - AD in Youth and Childhood Act since 1997.
Haiti No - - No - See LGBT rights in Haiti.
Honduras No - - No - Same-sex marriages and adoption banned in the Constitution since 2005. See LGBT rights in Honduras.
Jamaica Male only 10 years hard labor - No - Jamaica has been quoted as the worst place in all of the Americas for LGBT people. See LGBT rights in Jamaica.
Martinique No - Pacte civil de solidarité. Yes - Martinique is a Département Français d'Outre-mer, so French Law is in force. See LGBT rights in France.
Mexico No - Civil unions (Mexico City and Coahuila) Yes* - *Mexican Congress reformed the Constitution in 2001, to forbid discrimination of any kind; in 2003, this change produced the Federal Law to Prevent Discrimination that forbids discrimination by sexual orientation. Civil unions (Mexico City and Coahuila). See LGBT rights in Mexico.
Montserrat No - No - - Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory. Homosexuality between two consenting adults in private was expressly legalised under the Caribbean Territories (Criminal Law) Order, 2000.
Netherlands Antilles No - Can not be performed, only recognised Yes Yes As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, civil unions and same-sex marriage are fully recognized as valid, however, they cannot be performed in the Netherlands Antilles themselves. See LGBT rights in the Netherlands.
Nicaragua Yes; No (from March 2008) 1-3 years (No penalty from March 2008) - No - *Homosexuality re-crimilized from 1992, in Article 204, people who induced, promoted, propagandized or practiced Sodomy in a scandalous way [59] (Article 204 going to be repealed from March 2008) [60] [61] LGBT rights in Nicaragua.
Panama No - - No - LGBT persons are banned in Army, Milatary and Police services only. See LGBT rights in Panama.
Puerto Rico No (Since 2005) - - Considered* - *Civil unions considered and debated. Puerto Rico is a devoutly Christian island, and homosexuality is not practiced openly. See LGBT rights in Puerto Rico.
Saint Kitts and Nevis Male only 10 years - No - -
Saint Lucia Male only Fine-10 years - No - -
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Yes Fine-10 years - No - -
Trinidad and Tobago Yes* 25 years No No No *Applies to both men and women. Also under Article 8 (18/1) of the Immigration Act, homosexual men and women are not allowed to enter the country. [62] and LGBT rights in Trinidad and Tobago.
Turks and Caicos Islands No - No - - Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas Territory. Homosexuality between two consenting adults in private was expressly legalised under the Caribbean Territories (Criminal Law) Order, 2000.
United States No - Civil Unions: Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New Hampshire (from January 2008). Domestic partnerships: California, Maine, Oregon (from January 2008), Washington, District of Columbia, and Hawaii. Same-sex marriage performed and recognized: in Massachusetts and only recognized in New York and Rhode Island. In 20 states* 10 states *13 states cover sexual orientation and gender identity, 7 only cover sexual orientation and 30 do not cover either Human Rights Campaign LGBT rights in the United States.

Oceania

Country Laws against homosexuality Penalty Same-sex Unions Laws against discrimination Adoption Comments
American Samoa No - - No No [63].
Australia and Norfolk Island No, however Queensland's, age of consent for anal sex is set at 18, 16 for all non-anal sex, regardless of any participants, since 1990 [64] - Registered partnerships: The cities of Melbourne and Sydney; The states of Tasmania and Victoria; Unregistered co-habitation: Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, Norfolk Island, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales Yes, all states and territories, but not in Commonwealth legislation. Tasmania (biological child), Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Western Australia only; Other states/territories ban this 58 Commonwealth laws still discriminate same-gender couples - By using the term 'member of the opposite sex'. Both Kevin rudd and Brendon Nelson support removing these. Same-sex marriage is banned under Commonwealth law since August 2004. See Recognition of same-sex relationships in Australia and LGBT rights in Australia.
Cook Islands Male only* Fine - 14 years No No No *Illegal, despite being part of New Zealand. See LGBT rights in New Zealand.
Fiji No (since 2005) - - - - See LGBT rights in Fiji.
Guam No - - Yes* Yes LGBT adoption, [65]
Kiribati Male only Fine-14 years - No No -
Marshall Islands No (Since 2004) [66] - - No No
Micronesia No - - - No -
Nauru Male only 14 years hard labor - - No Legislation indexed in written laws of the former criminal code of Queensland (When Nauru became independent from Australia, Queensland in 1962).
New Caledonia No - - Considered. See Pacte civil de solidarité. Considered See LGBT rights in France.
New Zealand No - Civil unions Yes Yes See LGBT rights in New Zealand.
Niue Male only* Fine-10 years - No No *Illegal, despite being part of New Zealand. See LGBT rights in New Zealand.
Palau Male only Fine-10 years - No No -
Papua New Guinea Male only Fine-14 years - No No -
Pitcairn Island No - Yes Yes No Pitcairn Island is under British law. See LGBT rights in the United Kingdom.
Samoa Yes Fine-7 years [67] - No No [68].
Solomon Islands Yes Fine-14 years - No No -
Tahiti / French Polynesia No - - No No See LGBT rights in France.
Tokelau Male only* Fine-10 years - No No *Illegal, despite being part of New Zealand. See LGBT rights in New Zealand.
Tonga Male only - No No - -
Tuvalu Male only Fine-14 years - No No -
Vanuatu No, age of consent is 18 for same-sex activity, while it is 15 for opposite-sex activity [69] - - No No -

South America

Country Laws against homosexuality Penalty Same-sex Unions Laws against discrimination Adoption Comments
Argentina No - Civil unions in Buenos Aires City and Rio Negro Province. Yes No There are no national anti-discriminatory laws, however, the cities of Buenos Aires and Rosario have specific laws protecting against gay discrimination. Debating Same sex marriage. See LGBT rights in Argentina.
Bolivia No - - No No -
Brazil No - Civil unions in Rio Grande do Sul. Yes* Yes[4] *Constitutional protection for sexual orientation in some states of Brazil. See LGBT rights in Brazil.
Chile No, age of consent 18 for same-sex sexual activity, 14 for opposite-sex sexual activity. - Considered* Considered* No *AD and civil unions in considered. See LGBT rights in Chile.
Colombia No - Civil unions Considered* No *AD considered. See LGBT rights in Colombia.
Ecuador No - No Yes No See LGBT rights in Ecuador.
Falkland Islands No - Civil partnership Yes Yes Falkland Islands comes under British law. See LGBT rights in the United Kingdom.
French Guiana No - Yes Pacte civil de solidarité. Yes No French Law applies. See LGBT rights in France.
Guyana Male only Life (The only country in South America to be still illegal) - Considered* No *Sexual Orientation protection was about to be amended into the constitution of Guyana, then the "council of churches" stopped and blocked this reform from happening in 2003 [70].
Paraguay No - No No No
Peru No - - Yes No -
Suriname No, age of consent 18 for same-sex activity, 16 for opposite-sex activity - Section 302 is rarely enforced [71] - No No No See LGBT rights in Suriname.
Uruguay No - Civil unions Yes No Civil union for all couples, after 5 years together. See LGBT rights in Uruguay.
Venezuela No - No Yes No The 1999 Organic labor Law provides protection for LGBT people. See LGBT rights in Venezuela.

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LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // Homosexual sex was decriminalized in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) in 1998 and in the Republika Srpska (RS) in 2000, by those two entities adopting their... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Bulgaria, like most countries in Eastern Europe tend to be socially conservative when it comes to issues such as homosexuality. ... Croatia has allowed unregistered cohabitation for same-sex couples since 2003. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Croatia, as a whole, is still considered to be rather conservative, especially the public regarding gay rights. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... This page contains discussions regarding Age of Consent (AoC) laws in Europe and is a subpage of Age of consent. ... The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus(TRNC) {NOTE: the name is not accepted by UN} , in Turkish Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti, is a self-proclaimed state occupying the northern third of the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. ... A Criminal Code is a compilation of government laws that outline a nations criminal offenses, and the maximum and minimum punishments that courts can impose upon offenders when such crimes are committed. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Cyprus is still a socially conservative nation when it comes to homosexuality, as LGBT people are seen as engaging in immoral conduct. ... The parliament of the Czech Republic narrowly failed to pass a Civil Partnership bill on 12 February 2005 which was backed by 82 out of the 165 deputies present - most voting Social Democrats, Communists, the Freedom Union members and some deputies for the opposition Civic Democratic Party (ODS). ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Czech Republic is considered to be one of the most liberal Eastern Europe countries. ... Civil unions were introduced in Denmark by law on June 7, 1989, the worlds first such law. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Gay rights in Denmark are generally extensive, and Danish society is very tolerant of homosexuality. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // Homosexual sex, which was illegal in the Soviet Union, was legalised in Estonia in 1992. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Faroe Islands which is an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark has no sodomy laws. ... Registered Partnership 2002. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Finland as a whole is considered to be liberal on gay rights issues. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      France has traditionally been fairly tolerant in matters of private morality including homosexuality and this is reflected in the countrys progressive legislation. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Homosexual sex is legal in Georgia due to a 2000 law. ... Since 1 August 2001, Germany has allowed registered partnerships for same-sex couples. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      For extensive information regarding historical legislation against homosexuality in Germany, see Paragraph 175. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... Despite its ancient reputation and the fact it is a famous holiday destination for gays and lesbians worldwide, Greece has lagged behind its western counterparts when it comes to matters of homosexuality. ... Capital St Anne Status Part of Guernsey, Crown dependency of the UK Official language(s) English Head of Government Sir Norman Browse Population 2,400 Currency Pound sterling (GBP). ... This article is about the island. ... Flag of Sark The location of the Channel Islands in Europe An aerial view of Sark Sark (French: Sercq; Sercquiais: Sèr) is a small feudal island in the southwestern English Channel. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... This article is about the year. ... A bill is a proposed new law introduced within a legislature that has not been ratified, adopted, or received assent. ... The States of Guernsey (French: États de Guernesey) is the parliament of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // The first Hungarian penal code (1878) has punished homosexuality between men (perverse fornication). Homosexual activity above the age of 20 was decriminalized in 1961, then above the... Registered Partnership 1996. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Iceland, as in the rest of Scandinavia, is a very liberal country concerning gay rights. ... Government recognition of LGBT rights in the Republic of Ireland has expanded greatly over the past two decades. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The Isle of Man, a British crown dependency. ... Beginning July 2004 some Italian regions recognized coppie di fatto (de facto couples), both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, giving them legal benefits. ... For other uses, see Tuscany (disambiguation). ... Umbria is a region of central Italy, bordered by Tuscany to the west, the Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. ... Emilia-Romagna is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. ... For other uses, see Campania (disambiguation). ... // The Marche (plural, originally le marche de Ancona = the Marches of Ancona) are a region of Central Italy, bordering Emilia-Romagna north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to west, Abruzzo and Latium to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. ... Veneto or Venetia, is one of the 20 regions of Italy. ... Apulia is a region of Italy (called Puglia in Italian), bordering on Molise to the north-west, Campania to the south-west, Basilicata to the south, the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian Sea to the south-east. ... For the football club, see S.S. Lazio Lazio (Latium in Latin) is a regione of central Italy, bordered by Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzi, Marche, Molise, Campania and the Tyrrhenian Sea. ... Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. ... “Abruzzi” redirects here. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Italian opinions have changed in the past and people are generally tolerant of gay rights, but not as much as in other Western European countries. ... Recognized in some regions United States (MA) International recognition Civil unions and registered partnerships Recognized in some regions Argentina (C, R) Australia (TAS; VIC 1 Dec 07) Brazil (RS) Mexico (CO, DF) United States (CA, CT, DC, HI, ME, NJ, VT, WA; NH, OR 1 Jan 08) Unregistered co-habitation... For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      LGBT rights in Serbia // There are no sodomy laws. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The democratization process in Latvia has allowed lesbians and gays to establish organizations and infrastructural elements such as bars, clubs, stores, libraries, etc. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // Homosexuality was legalised in 1989, though the age of consent was not equalized until 2001. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      June 2000: Nationalists have threatened action against gay organisations in Lithuania Radical nationalist youth organisations are said to have published a threat to take effective actions against... Laws covering sexual activity The total ban on homosexual conduct was lifted in 1792. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The total ban on homosexuality was lifted in 1794. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Malta is considered to be a very social conservative country. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Moldova, under the strongly anti-gay Soviet Union, formed strong opinions againest homosexuality. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Homosexuality is legal under the Monegasque Penal Code. ... This article is about the country in Europe. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence This box:      Montenegro decriminalized homosexual sex in 1977. ... The Netherlands has allowed same-sex marriage since April 1, 2001, the first country to do so. ... This politics article needs to be wikified. ... One of four newly wedded same-sex couples in a public wedding at Taiwan Pride 2006. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The Netherlands is known for its liberal-libertarian policies on personal matters such as sexual orientation. ... Registered Partnership 1993. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Norway, like most of Scandinavia is very liberal in regards to gay rights and also became the first country in the world to enact an anti-discrimination... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Homosexual sex was legalised in 1932. ... Civil unions in Portugal were introduced for opposite-sex couples in 1 July 1999 and extended to same-sex couples by the act of 15 March 2001. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      After a long period of oppression during the Inquisition[1] and the Salazar dictatorship [2], Portuguese society is becoming slowly acceptant of homosexuality, which was decriminalized in... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Romania, like a number of other Eastern European countries remains socially conservative with regard to the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens. ... The Peoples Party of the Russian Federation (Narodnaja Partija Rossijskoj Federacii) is a political party in Russia. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Russia has neither legislation against gay people nor anti-discrimination laws. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      On 9 July 2001 the parliament of San Marino voted for the repeal of Art. ... Not to be confused with Republika Srpska. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      LGBT rights in Serbia // There are no sodomy laws. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Slovakia, unlike its liberal counterpart Czech Republic, is more conservative on issues dealing with homosexuality. ... Law on Registered Same-Sex Partnership adopted on 22 June 2005. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The lesbian and gay movement has been active in Slovenia since 1984, when MAGNUS, the gay section at Å KUC (Students Cultural Centre, Ljubljana), was founded as the... Same-sex marriage in Spain was legalized in 2005. ... Marriage bill was approved by parliament and signed by King. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Gay Pride 2005 celebrating Same-Sex Marriage Law in Spain Same-gender marriage and adoption were legalized by the Spanish Legislature under the administration of socialist prime... Registered partnership was granted in Sweden in 1995. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Sweden is considered to one of the most liberal countries in Europe and in fact the world, when it comes to laws surrounding homosexuality. ... Wikinews has news related to: The Swiss vote yes to same-sex relationships and Schengen/Dublin On June 5th, 2005, the Swiss people approved by 58% in a referendum a government proposal to grant same-sex couples the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples, except: adoption of children fertility... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      In December 1990, the House of Representatives voted in favor of reforming the law on sexual offences (art. ... Anthem Ä°stiklâl Marşı(Turkish) Independence March Capital Nicosia Official languages Turkish Government Representative democratic republic1  -  President Mehmet Ali Talat  -  Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer Sovereignty from Cyprus   -  Proclaimed November 15, 1983   -  Recognition By Turkey   -  Independence from Cyprus   -  Declared November 15, 1983  Area  -  Total 3,355 km² (not ranked) 1... A Criminal Code is a compilation of government laws that outline a nations criminal offenses, and the maximum and minimum punishments that courts can impose upon offenders when such crimes are committed. ... A Criminal Code is a compilation of government laws that outline a nations criminal offenses, and the maximum and minimum punishments that courts can impose upon offenders when such crimes are committed. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Cyprus is still a socially conservative nation when it comes to homosexuality, as LGBT people are seen as engaging in immoral conduct. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Ukraine is a very conservative country, due to the history of being a part of the Soviet Union. ... There are currently no plans to introduce same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Attitudes to homosexuality in the United Kingdom have liberalised considerably in recent years, with equal ages of consent for heterosexual and homosexuals, civil partnerships and large gay... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence This box:      // In the 1980s the Vatican City formally legalized non-commerical, non-fraternal homosexual practices between consenting adults in private. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Homosexuality is legal in Aruba. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender, contrasted with homosexuality and distinguished from bisexuality and asexuality. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // The Bahamas is a democratic country where there is general respect for the rights and freedoms of the individual. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Same-sex marriage was legalized across Canada by the Civil Marriage Act enacted on July 20, 2005. ... Egan v. ... Vriend v. ... M. v. ... This article is about the year. ... The Civil Marriage Act (full title: An Act respecting certain aspects of legal capacity for marriage for civil purposes) was introduced as Bill C-38 in the first session of the 38th Canadian Parliament on February 1, 2005. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Canada has provided more legal rights for LGBT people than many other liberal nations. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Costa Rica is fastly becoming a more tolerant country, it still remains fairly conservative when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity issues. ... Sexual relations between same-sex consenting adults sixteen and over have been legal in Cuba since 1992, though same-sex relationships are not presently recognised by the state. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      France has traditionally been fairly tolerant in matters of private morality including homosexuality and this is reflected in the countrys progressive legislation. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Homosexuality is legal in Haiti. ... Homosexuality is legal in Honduras. ... The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... LGBT right in Jamaica // Sex between men, according to the criminal law of Jamaica, is illegal and punishable with up to ten years jail. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      France has traditionally been fairly tolerant in matters of private morality including homosexuality and this is reflected in the countrys progressive legislation. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... Mexico City (in Spanish: Ciudad de México, México, D.F. or simply México) is the capital city of Mexico. ... Coahuila (formal name: Coahuila de Zaragoza) is one of Mexicos 31 component states. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... Mexico City (in Spanish: Ciudad de México, México, D.F. or simply México) is the capital city of Mexico. ... Coahuila (formal name: Coahuila de Zaragoza) is one of Mexicos 31 component states. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Homosexuality has been legal since the adoption of the French Penal Code duing occupation during 1862-1867. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The Netherlands is known for its liberal-libertarian policies on personal matters such as sexual orientation. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Homosexuality is illegal in Nicaragua. ... Homosexuality is legal in Panama, as there are no laws against consensual homosexual relations. ... A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing homosexual couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexuals (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by couples of differing sexes who do not... Homosexuality in Puerto Rico is legal, by a new Penal Code since 2005. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Homosexuality is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... Overview Civil unions in Vermont are legal unions of same-sex couples in accordance with a law that went into effect in 2000. ... The Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill to adopt civil unions in Connecticut, ensuring that same-sex couples get the same civil rights as heterosexual couples. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... Civil unions in New Hampshire are currently being pursued at a state legislative level. ... International recognition Civil unions and Domestic partnerships Recognized in some regions Unregistered co-habitation Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Civil union Registered partnership Domestic partnership Timeline of same-sex marriage Listings by country This box:      A domestic partnership is a legal or personal relationship between individuals who live... Example of California domestic partnership certificate. ... In April 2004, the Maine Legislature passed a bill to establish Domestic Partnerships, providing many important rights akin to marriage for same-sex couples in that state. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence Washington, D.C., has recognized domestic partnerships since 1992. ... Hawaii state recognize Reciprocal Beneficiaries since 1997. ... One of four newly wedded same-sex couples in a public wedding at Taiwan Pride 2006. ... Same-sex marriage in the U.S. state of Massachusetts began on May 17, 2004 because the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled in Goodridge v. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The LGBT rights movement in the United States seeks to achieve equality for all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity (heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual... Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Motto(s): Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Anna Bligh (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Slogan or Nickname: Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Motto(s): Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Constitutional monarchy Governor William Cox Premier Paul Lennon (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 5  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product... VIC redirects here. ... Capital Canberra Government Constitutional monarchy Administrator none Chief Minister Jon Stanhope (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 2  - Senate seats 2 Gross Territorial Product (2006)  - Product ($m)  $19,167 (6th)  - Product per capita  $57,303/person (1st) Population (End of November 2006)  - Population  333,667 (7th)  - Density  137. ... For similar terms, see Northern Territories (disambiguation) Slogan or Nickname: The Territory, The NT, The Top End Motto(s): none Other Australian states and territories Capital Darwin Government Constitutional monarchy Administrator Ted Egan Chief Minister Clare Martin (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 2  - Senate seats 2 Gross Territorial Product (2004... Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Motto(s): Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Anna Bligh (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd... Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State or the Golden State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Ken Michael Premier Alan Carpenter (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 15  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2005-06)  - Product ($m)  $107,910 (4th)  - Product per capita  $53,134/person... For the song, see South Australia (song). ... NSW redirects here. ... For other uses, see Commonwealth (disambiguation). ... Slogan or Nickname: Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Motto(s): Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Constitutional monarchy Governor William Cox Premier Paul Lennon (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 5  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product... Capital Canberra Government Constitutional monarchy Administrator none Chief Minister Jon Stanhope (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 2  - Senate seats 2 Gross Territorial Product (2006)  - Product ($m)  $19,167 (6th)  - Product per capita  $57,303/person (1st) Population (End of November 2006)  - Population  333,667 (7th)  - Density  137. ... VIC redirects here. ... Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State or the Golden State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Ken Michael Premier Alan Carpenter (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 15  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2005-06)  - Product ($m)  $107,910 (4th)  - Product per capita  $53,134/person... Kevin Michael Rudd (born 21 September 1957), is the leader of the federal Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament. ... Dr. Brendan John Nelson (born 19 August 1958), Australian politician, has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1996, representing the Division of Bradfield, New South Wales. ... One of four newly wedded same-sex couples in a public wedding at Taiwan Pride 2006. ... For other uses, see Commonwealth (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see August (disambiguation). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Recognized in some regions United States(MA) International recognition Civil unions and domestic partnerships Recognized in some regions Argentina (C, R) Australia (TAS; VIC from 1 Dec 07) Brazil (RS) Mexico (CO, DF) United States (CA, CT, DC, HI, ME, NJ, VT, WA; NH, OR from 1 Jan 08) Unregistered... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      LGBT rights in Australia have evolved through the history of Australia, with many changes occurring in recent past decades. ... Gay Rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Gays, lesbians and transgendered people have most of the same rights as heterosexuals in New Zealand. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      In 1997, Fiji became the second country in the world to explicitly protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution. ... LGBT adoption refers to the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered people. ... Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Motto(s): Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Anna Bligh (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      France has traditionally been fairly tolerant in matters of private morality including homosexuality and this is reflected in the countrys progressive legislation. ... Civil unions in New Zealand were ratified on 9 December 2004 when Parliament passed the Civil Union Bill to establish the institution of civil union for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. ... Gay Rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Gays, lesbians and transgendered people have most of the same rights as heterosexuals in New Zealand. ... Gay Rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Gays, lesbians and transgendered people have most of the same rights as heterosexuals in New Zealand. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Attitudes to homosexuality in the United Kingdom have liberalised considerably in recent years, with equal ages of consent for heterosexual and homosexuals, civil partnerships and large gay... Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of the French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. ... 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For other uses, see Buenos Aires (disambiguation). ... Categories: Argentina geography stubs | Argentine provinces ... For other uses, see Buenos Aires (disambiguation). ... Rosario is the largest city of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. ... Same-sex marriage (also called gay marriage, and—less frequently—homosexual marriage) refers to marriage between partners of the same gender (for other forms of same-sex unions that are different from marriages, see the articles linked in that section). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Same-sex marriage in Argentina. ... A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing homosexual couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexuals (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by couples of differing sexes who do not... Flag of Rio Grande do Sul See other Brazilian States Capital Porto Alegre Largest City Porto Alegre Area 282,062 km² Population   - Total   - Density 10. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // No sodomy laws, the age of consent for homosexuals was set at 18, when homosexuality was legalised in 1998. ... A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing homosexual couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexuals (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by couples of differing sexes who do not... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // There are no sodomy laws in Colombia. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // When homosexuality became legal in 1998, the age of consent had to be set equal with heterosexual sex. ... There are currently no plans to introduce same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Attitudes to homosexuality in the United Kingdom have liberalised considerably in recent years, with equal ages of consent for heterosexual and homosexuals, civil partnerships and large gay... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      France has traditionally been fairly tolerant in matters of private morality including homosexuality and this is reflected in the countrys progressive legislation. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... There are no sodomy laws;[1] homosexuality was legalized in 1944. ... A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing homosexual couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexuals (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by couples of differing sexes who do not... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1934. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      // Homosexuality is legal in Venezuela. ...

See also

Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... Anal sex or anal intercourse is a form of human sexual behavior. ... Various movements seeking civil rights, human rights and social justice since the Second World War have become known as a civil rights movement. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... LGBT adoption refers to the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered people. ... Heterosexism is the presumption that everyone is straight or heterosexual (i. ... A protest by The Westboro Baptist Church, a group identified by the Anti-Defamation League as virulently homophobic. ... This list indexes the articles on LGBT rights in each country and significant non-country region (e. ... The relationship between religion and homosexuality varies greatly across time and place, within and between different religions and sects, and regarding different forms of homosexuality and bisexuality. ... One of four newly wedded same-sex couples in a public wedding at Taiwan Pride 2006. ... For the Macy Gray song, see Sexual Revolution (song). ... Qiu Jin (1875-1907), Chinese left-wing revolutionary who cross-dressed and had female lovers. ... A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as sex crimes. ...

References

  1. ^ Integrity USA reports Dr Nsaba Buturo, the Ugandan minister of Ethics and Integrity as stating in the 2006 case of Victor Mukasa (a 31-year-old gay rights activist) and Yvonne Ooyo that the plaintiffs "suffered under the false notion that homosexuality can be a human rights issue" [1]
  2. ^ Homosexuality in India
  3. ^ http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/treaties/dat/12002M/pdf/12002M_EN.pdf
  4. ^ Pela 1ª vez, Justiça autoriza casal gay a adotar criança no Brasil (in Portuguese)

LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence This box:      Homosexuality in India, despite having an ancient history, is still considered a taboo subject, by both Indian civil society and the government of India. ...

External links

  • Antidiscrimination Legislation, April 1999, a worldwide summary IGLHRC (pdf)
  • International LGBT and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
  • International Lesbian and LGBT Association
  • International Lesbian and LGBT Association World Legal Survey (2000)
  • Sodomy Laws Around the World
  • State Homophobia, world map, ILGA (2004)
  • New Internationalist sexual minorities map
  • Where Having Sex is a Crime: Criminalization and Decriminalization of Homosexual Acts, IGLHRC (2003)
  • Where You Can Marry: Global Summary of Registered Partnership, Domestic Partnership, and Marriage Laws, IGLHRC (November 2003)
  • State-sponsored Homophobia (April 2007)

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