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The 77 Countries Where It's Still Illegal to Be Gay

List of All the Countries Where It's Illegal to Be Gay ranked by notoriety. Although gay marriage is now legal in the U.S. in 16 states, there are many places in the world that still punish individuals for engaging in any type of gay, lesbian or bisexual relationship. Here is a list of the countries where it is illegal to gay.

India recently made headlines by reversing the 2009 decision that stated that India's sodomy statute, which was enacted in 1861, was discriminating and encouraging of harassment towards the LBGT community. The law now prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.” If found guilty of homosexual activity an individual can face up to life in prison.

Several countries operate under Shariah law, which punishes individuals who engage in sodomy by death. In Iran, the law states, “Sodomy is a crime, for which both partners are punished. The punishment is death if the participants are adults, of sound mind and consenting; the method of execution is for the Shari'a judge to decide.” Typical methods of execution involve being stoned or buried alive.

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    In India, Same-sex relationships have a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
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    In SIngapore, same-sex relationships between men is punishable by up to two years in prison.  There is no punishment for women.
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    Same-sex relationships aren't illegal in Egypt, but the government uses laws that state "violation of honor by threat" and "practising immoral and indecent behavior" to convict individuals suspect of engaging in gay relationships. For example, one young man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for merely placing his profile on a gay dating site.
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    Same-sex relationships are punishable by up to 10 years in prison in Jamaica.
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    In Malaysia, same-sex relationships are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.  If the sexual act took place in a region that follows Shariah law, additional punishments, including whippings, may be administered.
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    In Morocco, individuals who are convicted of engaging in same-sex relationships can receive a fine or up to three years in jail.
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    In Kenya, same-sex relationships are punishable from 14-21 years in prison.  Even attempting a to engage in a homosexual activity is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.
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    The punishment for same-sex relationships varies by state in Nigeria.  The Northern states, which follow Shariah law, declare that men who engage in same-sex relationships may be punished by death whereas women may be whipped or imprisoned.  In the rest of Nigeria, same-sex relationships warrant up to a 14 year jail sentence.
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    Iran operates under Shariah law, making sexual intercourse between two males punishable by death.
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    In Pakistan, same-sex relationships are punishable offenses and individuals who are convicted could get between two and 10 years in prison.
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    In Lebanon, same-sex relationships are punishable by up to one year in prison.
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    In Algeria, same-sex relationships are punishable by a fine or up to three years of imprisonment.
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    In Uzbekistan, sexual intercourse between two men is punishable by up to three years in prison.
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    Saudi Arabia operates under Shariah law, which makes same-sex relationship punishable by death.  Stoning is the typical method used to administer this punishment.
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    In Tunisia, same-sex relationships between men is punishable by up to three years in prison.  There is no official punishment for women.
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    In Ethiopia, same-sex relationship are punishable by anywhere between one and 10 years in prison.
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    In Trinidad and Tobago, same-sex relationships are punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
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    In Ghana, same-sex relationships are punishable by between five and 25 years in prison.
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    In Qatar, same-sex relationships are punishable by up to 25 years in prison.  If the individual convicted is Muslim, he would be subjected to Shariah law and sentenced to additional whippings or death.
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    In Kuwait, same-sex relationships are punishable by up to seven years in prison.
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