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Gay Rights

Laws affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people vary greatly by country or territory—everything from legal recognition of same-sex marriage or other types of partnerships, to the death penalty as punishment for same-sex sexual activity or identity.

 

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HIV/AIDS continues to be a critical issue for the LGBT community and for the Human Rights Campaign. HRC is a partner in the call for a national AIDS strategy to provide a comprehensive roadmap to end the epidemic.

Article: HIV/AIDS
Source: Human Rights Campaign

Immigration Equality, a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive people, hailed the announcement today from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families (LGBT) on the customs form required to enter the country. When adopted, today’s proposal will end discriminatory treatment of LGBT families, who until now have been forced to fill out two separate forms despite the fact that the form says “only ONE written declaration per family is required.”

Article: Proposed Revision to U.S....
Source: Immigration Equality, Inc

In a major victory on HIV/AIDS policy, the Obama administration lifted a 22-year-old ban on HIV-positive visitors and immigrants entering the country. HRC has been a lead organization lobbying Congress for the statutory repeal and working to ensure the Department of Health and Human Services’ regulations were changed.

Article: HIV/AIDS
Source: Human Rights Campaign

As of Mar. 1, 2012, gay marriage has been legalized in eight US states (MA, CT, IA, VT, NH, NY, WA - effective June 7, 2012, and MD - effective Jan. 1, 2013) and the District of Columbia. 30 states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage.

Article: Gay Marriage
Source: ProCon.org - Pros and Con...

In September, the end of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy allowed gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve openly.

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From 1988 to 2010, public support for gay marriage has increased at a rate of 1 to 1.5 points per year, with evidence to suggest an acceleration of support since 2009. [35] On Aug. 11, 2010, CNN released the results of the first national poll to show a majority support for gay marriage, with 52% agreeing that "gays and lesbians should have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid.”

Article: Gay Marriage
Source: ProCon.org - Pros and Con...

The ACLU believes that LGBT people, like everyone else, should have the freedom to build the kinds of personal, intimate relationships most meaningful to them without risking that their families will be disregarded or harmed by the state

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The mission of the ACLU LGBT Project is the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.

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The failure of a state to recognize these relationships has grave consequences for same sex couples and their children, these include:
Prohibiting a partner from making decisions on a partner’s behalf when she or he is sick;
Prohibiting a partner from visiting a partner’s child in hospital;
Preventing couples from sharing equal rights and equal responsibility for children in their care;
Preventing a partner and children from receiving employment-based benefits and being covered by health insurance;
Preventing inheritance from a deceased partner going to a surviving partner if he or she dies without a valid will.

Article: Marriage Equality
Source: Amnesty International USA...

Article 16, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR):
Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

Article: Marriage Equality
Source: Amnesty International USA...
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