Homosexual acts are illegal in 85 countries throughout the world, and at least seven countries permit the death penalty for those found to have violated this law.
Brazil AG pushes same-sex unions
Brazil’s attorney general has asked the country’s highest court to legalize same-sex unions in the South American nation, home to the world’s largest Roman Catholic population.
Activists march in India
Hundreds of gay-rights supporters waved flags and danced past traffic during marches through three Indian cities June 28 to celebrate gay pride and call for the decriminalization of homosexuality in the deeply conservative country.
Cleric calls for eradication of homosexuality
A radical Shiite cleric has called for the “depravity” of homosexuality to be eradicated, but his spokesperson later said the remark should not be taken as a fatwa to kill gays.
Church of Scotland backs gay minister
The Church of Scotland has voted in favor of appointing an openly gay minister — the latest incident involving sexual orientation to create a division in the Anglican Communion.