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April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"In the last Legislature, various legislative proposals aimed at amending Act No. 184/1983, particularly its Article 6 that indicates the requirements to adopt a child: The first of them identifies the existence of a pair marriage and the stability thereof. The Legislator, even with the changes made in 2001 to the Act referred above, wished to continue to achieve the model of the natural relationship that puts the child in relationship with a father and a mother, united in marriage"
March 13, 2021, 7:02 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"In violation of international human rights law, it retains the death penalty and corporal punishment for numerous crimes, including consensual same-sex conduct" (para 16).
March 13, 2021, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"South Sudan’s laws criminalize consensual same-sex relations" (para 19).
March 13, 2021, 6:19 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Rwanda is one of the only countries in East Africa that does not criminalize consensual same-sex relations" (para 11).
March 13, 2021, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Nigerian law criminalizes same-sex conduct as well as public show of same-sex amorous relationships, same-sex marriages, and the registration of gay clubs, societies, and organizations" (para 24). "A Sharia (Islamic law) court in Kano in January fined 11 women charged under the state’s Immoral Acts law for allegedly planning a same-sex wedding. The victims were arrested in December, 2018 by local religious police, known as Hisbah" (para 26).
March 13, 2021, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"In May, the High Court upheld sections of the penal code that punish consensual same-sex relations with up to 14 years in prison" (para 21).
March 13, 2021, 2:37 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4, MARR-LAW-2

"Same-sex relations are prohibited" (para 23).
Feb. 12, 2021, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Burundi punishes consensual same-sex sexual relations between adults with up to two years in prison under Article 567 of the penal code. Article 29 of the Constitution of Burundi explicitly bans same-sex marriage" (para 18).
Feb. 8, 2021, 9:56 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Same-sex conduct was decriminalized in January, following the approval, by parliament, of the new penal code" (para 1). "The government also prohibited discrimination against people based on sexual orientation" (para 10).
Feb. 8, 2021, 9:01 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Alongside Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan is one of only two post-Soviet states where consensual sexual relations between men are still criminalized, carrying a prison sentence of one to three years (article 120)" (para 17).
Feb. 8, 2021, 7:50 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Under Turkmen law same-sex conduct between men is criminalized and punishable by a maximum two-year prison sentence" (para 27).
Feb. 6, 2021, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Same-sex marriage is legally recognised in Northern Ireland from today. Following a legal change last autumn, same-sex couples can now register to marry and the first ceremonies will take place next month. Those who are already married will have their marriage legally recognised in Northern Ireland. Heterosexual couples will also be able to enter into civil partnerships from today. But same sex couples in a civil partnership will not yet be able to convert it to a marriage in the province - the Northern Ireland Office is set to begin a consultation on the matter later this year. The status of same sex marriage and of abortion in Northern Ireland...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4, MARR-LAW-2

"We welcome the legalisation of marriage equality in December 2017" (17).
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

“Marriage in Angola is permitted by law in accordance with article 35 of the Constitution. The law also regulates domestic partnerships as a union between a man and a woman for a certain period of time. Men and women are equal before the law” (pp. 24). “With regard to family, marriage and children, the Constitution (art. 35) establishes that the family is the basic unit for the organization of society and is entitled to special protection from the State, whether it is based on marriage or a de facto union between a man and a woman. The Constitution also establishes that everyone has the right to freely establish a family,...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Discrimination against LGBT people remains pervasive in Malaysia. Federal law punishes “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” with up to 20 years in prison and mandatory whipping. Numerous state Sharia laws prohibit both same-sex relations and non-normative gender expression, resulting in frequent arrests of transgender people" (para 17).
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4, MARR-LAW-2

"Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of uncodified Islamic law to sanction people suspected of committing sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery, extramarital, and homosexual sex" (para 13).
Nov. 6, 2020, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

“Taiwan bans all surrogacy. But since same-sex marriage was legalised in May 2019, commercial surrogacy agencies from the United States have marketed their services to gay couples on the island” (para 29) This quote is taken from an informative text box inserted into the article following paragraph 29 (MLB-CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 6, 2020, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

“Nepal, another former commercial surrogacy destination, now only allows infertile Nepali married couples to access it. But it excludes couples where one or more person is transgender and same-sex marriage is also not legal in the Himalayan state” (para 29) This quote is taken from an informative text box inserted into the article following paragraph 29 (MLB-CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 6, 2020, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

“India, where gay sex has been legal since 2018 but same-sex marriage remains illegal, restricted the use of surrogate mothers to married couples and single women in February” (para 29) This quote is taken from an informative text box inserted into the article following paragraph 29 (MLB-CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 6, 2020, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

“Gay couples are banned from surrogacy in countries including…Russia, which also banned foreign same-sex couples from adopting children in the country in 2013” (para 29) This quote is taken from an informative text box inserted into the article following paragraph 29 (MLB-CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 6, 2020, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

“Gay couples are banned from surrogacy in countries including Nigeria…which also banned foreign same-sex couples from adopting children in the country in 2013” (para 29) This quote is taken from an informative text box inserted into the article following paragraph 29 (MLB-CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 5, 2020, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4, MARR-LAW-2

"China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, but it still lacks laws protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and same-sex partnership is not legal…However, a National People's Congress spokesperson said in August that the government would not consider marriage equality" (para 42).
Sept. 28, 2020, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4, MARR-LAW-2

"Section 73 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, 2004 punishes consensual same-sex conduct between men with up to one year in prison or a fine or both. This restrictive legislation contributes to stigma and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people" (para 13).
Sept. 26, 2020, 7:38 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Qatari laws continue to discriminate against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals" (para 3). "Under Article 296 of the penal code, “[l]eading, instigating or seducing a male anyhow for sodomy or dissipation” and “[i]nducing or seducing a male or a female anyhow to commit illegal or immoral actions” is punishable by up to three years. The law does not penalize the person who is “instigated” or “enticed.” It is unclear whether this law is intended to prohibit all same-sex acts between men, and whether only one partner is considered legally liable" (para 21). "Section 47 of the 1979 Press and Publications Law bans publication of “any printed...more
Sept. 26, 2020, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

In August, the PA police spokesperson announced a ban on activities by the Palestinian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian society and vowed to prosecute its members. Police subsequently told rights groups that they disavowed the statement but have yet to publicly repudiate it (para 34). "Israeli law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, same-sex marriage is not legal" (para 40).
Sept. 26, 2020, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

In August, the PA police spokesperson announced a ban on activities by the Palestinian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian society and vowed to prosecute its members. Police subsequently told rights groups that they disavowed the statement but have yet to publicly repudiate it (para 34). "Israeli law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, same-sex marriage is not legal" (para 40).
Sept. 23, 2020, 9:40 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4, MARR-LAW-2

"While the provision does not specifically mention same-sex conduct, same-sex relationships are not legally recognized in Indonesia and if passed it would effectively criminalize all same-sex conduct" (para 20).
Sept. 15, 2020, 2:32 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"Consensual sexual relations between consenting individuals of the same sex are not criminalized in Côte d’Ivoire. The new criminal code removed references to acts between members of the same sex as an aggravating factor in cases of public indecency. However, the new marriage law defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and incidents of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons—including physical assaults—are common" (para 29).
Sept. 14, 2020, 4:54 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"In 2015, the Justice Ministry issued a decree allowing people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. Also that year, the Constitutional Court ruled that Colombians cannot be barred from adopting a child because of their sexual orientation. In 2016, the court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry" (para 44).
Sept. 11, 2020, 8:52 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"The penal code prohibits all sexual acts outside marriage, including consensual same-sex relations, and punishes them with flogging and up to five years in prison" (para 32).