Anti-gay laws in 2019: You win some, you lose some

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12/20/2019

2019 has been a mixed year for opponents of the anti-gay laws that still oppress LGBTQ people in dozens of countries worldwide. During 2019, millions fewer people than in 2018 suffered under repressive laws that make same-sex intimacy a crime. The most dramatic recent change was in India, where the Supreme Court overturned the nation’s 157-year-old colonial-era anti-gay law in September 2018. Nothing of that magnitude happened in 2019. Gay-friendly lawsuits and political initiatives are under way in many nations, but by the end of 2019, the world still had a total of 73 countries with laws against same-sex intimacy — the same number as at the beginning of the year. As of 2006, the number had been 92.

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