Gays and lesbians throughout India rejoiced last month when a landmark court ruling made homosexuality legal in the country.
While the decision may seem like a long time coming for those in the LGBTQ community, gay sex is still illegal in nearly 40% of countries in the United Nations, according to statistics released last year by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
To understand how gay rights vary around the world, Business Insider created a set of maps that visualize which countries have legalized gay marriage and the countries where gay people can still be put to death, among other questions.
The results show that while homosexuality is no longer outlawed in the majority of the world, there’s still a long way to go in terms of acceptance and equality for LGBTQ people.
Religion is an un-ignorable factor in the maps. While the majority of the world has legalized homosexuality, the countries where it is still outlawed are concentrated in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa — areas with majority-Muslim nations.
According to the Associated Press, “Islamic scholars overwhelmingly teach that same-gender sex is a sin.”
The Quran teaches that homosexuality should be punished but doesn’t detail how. The Prophet Muhammad is alleged to have been more explicit that homosexuals should be killed in some of his teachings. That’s why some countries that implement sharia law (rules based on Islamic teachings) make homosexuality a capital crime.
Source: Associated Press
In fact, nearly all of the countries where homosexuality is technically still a capital crime are majority Muslim.
Nigeria is split between Christians in the south and Muslims in the north. Homosexuality only carries the death penalty for some states in the north.
In some countries where homosexuality is legal, there are still several laws in place that make living …read more
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