Same-sex relations are illegal on much of the continent and are punishable by death [PDF] in Mauritania and Sudan, as well as in parts of Nigeria and Somalia. Focus on the Facts. Who is tightening policy? Four other countries surveyed — Croatia, Estonia, Greece and Hungary — also allow same-sex domestic partnerships or civil unions, but in these countries, no more than about a third of adults favor full same-sex marriage. Even interracial and interfaith marriages continue to be looked down upon by many in America today. Javier Corrales, a professor at Amherst College who focuses on LGBT rights in Latin America, points to income levels and the influence of religion in politics, as well as the overall strength of democracy, to explain regional divergences [PDF].
When gay people couldn't marry, it was very difficult for partners to help each other in difficult situations like medical crises.
Cloning humans. In 13 of the 18 countries surveyed, women and men are about equally likely to support legal abortion. Moral issue. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in twenty-six countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies.
More than half of the countries that allow same-sex marriage are in Western Europe.