2013 Status: Gay Rights Worldwide

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Progress slow but sure, but India, China, Russia/ East Europe still need work. Note greatest progress where Lib parties/LIO associations first began in 1969/earl;y 70’s: Spain, Canada ( where founder made it a signature issue) , Norway/W. Europe, NZ, Rio powers, South Africa and South African countries that abolished death penalty ( e.g. Namibia), and surrounding countries have moved to decriminalization.


This Map shows how America compares to the rest of the world on gay rights

By Max Fisher, Published: June 26, 2013 at 12:03 pmE-mail the writer




Click to enlarge. (Max Fisher/Washington Post)

Click to enlarge. (Max Fisher/Washington Post)

The Supreme Court just issued two landmark rulings on rights for same-sex couples in the United States. First, it struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples. And, second, it declined to overrule the California state Supreme Court’s earlier decision upholding the state’s same-sex civil unions.

Both rulings are a big step forward for American same-sex couples and advocates of greater LGBT rights. But how does the United States compare with the rest of the world on gay rights? The short answer is that same-sex marriage rights are weaker in the United States than they are in much of the Western world. But the longer answer is more complicated and quite revealing.

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