Map: Dozens of countries still punish homosexuality with prison and death

UN FlagsSeptember 13, 2014 – Reported by Voxcom – Lawmakers in Gambia recently passed a bill that would increase the country’s punishment for some homosexual acts to life imprisonment, reports the Associated Press.

The bill, which reportedly contains language similar to Uganda’s struck-down anti-gay law, now awaits the approval of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, who’s been openly hostile to the LGBT community in the past. In 2008, he demanded gays and lesbians leave the country or risk having their heads cut off. In February, Jammeh said on state television, “We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively.”

While the actions and comments of Gambia’s leaders are shocking, they are far from alone in the world. Dozens of countries still outlaw homosexuality and some punish gays and lesbians with death. This map from Equaldex shows the lay of the law around the world…

via Map: Dozens of countries still punish homosexuality with prison and death – Vox.

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