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homosexual-acts-legalized

116 countries legalized homosexual acts starting in 1791. 4 billion people, or 54.84% of the world, live in these countries.
employment-discrimination-prohibited

65 countries prohibited employment discrimination based on sexual orientation starting in 1985. 1 billion people, or 15.10% of the world, live in these countries.
joint-adoption-legalized-for-same_sex-couples

20 countries legalized joint adoption for same-sex couples starting in 2001. 587 million people, or 8.09% of the world, live in these countries.
same_sex-relationships-legally-recognized

Four countries legally recognized same-sex relationships starting in 1994. 24 million people, or 0.33% of the world, live in these countries.
rights-of-marriage-but-not-marriage-itself

11 countries recognized rights of marriage, but not marriage itself starting in 2001. 399 million people, or 5.50% of the world, live in these countries.
same_sex-marriage-legalized

19 countries legalized same-sex marriage starting in 2001. 702 million people, or 9.68% of the world, live in these countries.

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How same-sex marriage became legal in the U.S.

The Supreme Court decision completes a national trend toward legalization – a majority of states legalized same-sex marriage only within the past two years.

The state of gay rights around the world

The wave of acceptance for same-sex couples that has washed through some Western countries has not reached all shores. Many countries still punish homosexual acts with prison time, torture and even death.