About Follow Donate. A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, 30 countries and territories have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not. Below is a list of countries that have legalized the practice, with the most recent countries to do so shown first. Northern Ireland had been the last part of the UK where same-sex marriage was banned; England and Wales moved to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed in and Scotland followed in see below.
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Beginning before Stonewall and continuing in the 50 years since, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have regularly turned to the courts for protection against mistreatment or to overturn laws that targeted them. From H. Olesen — United States Supreme Court. Some of the first cases seeking equal marriage rights for same-sex couples were brought soon after Stonewall. They were, however, roundly rejected. Hallahan — Kentucky Court of Appeals.
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However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI people can face discrimination in many areas of life, for instance when looking for a job or asking for social security benefits, at school or when they need healthcare. They may also face hate speech and even violence and can feel unsafe in workplaces, schools and public spaces. Since , the EU has had the power to act in cases of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Studies of homicide reports indicate Brazil is the most dangerous place in the world to be transgender. Experts say Latin America needs to address long-standing cultural biases, racial and income inequality in order to make the region safer for LGBT people. Decades ago, several Latin American governments were ruled by iron-fisted governments that considered homosexuality a scourge to the silenced. In Argentina, a far-right military dictatorship disappeared tens of thousands of suspected leftist dissidents. Advocates have long contended that gay activists suffered disproportionately, though their cases have received far less attention.