Number of nations with laws against gay sex falls to 66

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10/05/2023

The number of nations with laws against gay sex has fallen to 66, continuing the slow, decades-long progress toward recognition of the human rights of LGBTQ+ people. The latest country to drop its anti-LGBT law is the African island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. On Oct. 4, its Supreme Court overturned a law against consensual sexual intercourse between men, declaring it discriminatory and unconstitutional. This site’s list of nations with anti-homosexuality laws now total 66, which is one more than a similar list maintained by the Human Dignity Trust. The trust’s list excludes the tiny South Pacific island nation of Niue, which we include. For a discussion of the status of Niue, see the article “2022 in worldwide LGBT rights progress – Part 3: Africa and Oceania”.

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