The gap between laws on the books and public attitudes toward LGBT rights and protections – though not unique to Latin America – has raised questions about what tactics are most effective in driving change. Unlike the United States, for example, where gay-rights movements spurred social and piecemeal legal change for decades before the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in 2015, in most Latin American countries the laws changed first – and often via high court decisions. Yet even when there's pushback, data show that legal measures often have driven changes in attitudes at home or in neighboring countries. The reason, some analyst say, is that they created an opportunity to bring into the open a discussion that is often hidden.
May 21 / CANMUA