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Gay Marriage Update: The Good, The Bad & Ugly

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In case you haven’t been keeping up with gay marriage news on an international front: it’s two steps forward, one step back.
| by Gwendolyn Bond-Upson | Jan. 10 |

For every city and country that legalizes same-sex marriage, another knocks gay rights back decades, if not centuries (hello, prison sentences).

In the United States, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington DC, New Hampshire and Iowa now recognize same-sex marriages. Recently the Mayor of majorly Catholic Mexico City legalized gay marriage there. Internationally, The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Norway, Sweden and South Africa recognize same-sex marriage. Just as some countries are newly embracing homosexual unions, many others are countering with tougher laws against gay marriage and homosexuality in general.

Two men who recently participated in the first public gay wedding in Malawi were arrested and charged with “gross indecency.” Elsewhere Uganda, Senegal and Burundi have amped up efforts to suppress homosexuality including proposed life imprisonment for leading a homosexual lifestyle.

Meanwhile two Argentine men recently became the first same-sex couple to publicly marry in Latin America. New laws are being proposed and enacted constantly all over the globe with both sides of the issue gaining ground in various jurisdictions. The next decade is looking like it will include a tipping point in the battle for gay marriage all over the world.

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