Millions of people continue to live in places that outlaw same-sex relationships and prosecute people for being gay. In five countries and in parts of two others, homosexuality is still punishable with the death penalty, while a further 70 imprison citizens because of their sexual orientation. Even where homosexuality is legal, many countries treat those in same-sex relationships differently, such as having an unequal age of consent or a ban on marriage. In Russia, host of the Sochi Winter Olympics, a law banning the promotion of "non-traditional" sexuality to unders was introduced last year. So, where is it illegal to be gay?
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Crossbench senator says his bill would ensure ministers of religion and civil celebrants did not have to solemnise marriages of which they disapproved. The Liberal party will have to consider allowing its members a free vote on same-sex marriage after a crossbench senator presents a bill to the Senate on Wednesday. The prime minister, Tony Abbott , has repeatedly stated his opposition to same-sex marriage, but said the question of a conscience vote would be for the party room to decide if and when a bill was presented to parliament. Supporters of same-sex marriage failed to achieve the change during the previous term of parliament, when Labor MPs and senators were granted a conscience vote but Coalition representatives were bound to vote as a bloc against the bill. Leyonhjelm said he aimed to trigger a Coalition decision on a conscience vote, but he would not move for the Senate to vote on the bill until he was confident it had majority support in the chamber.
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June 26 marks the fifth anniversary of gay marriage being legalized across the entire United States. To commemorate this milestone in LGBTQ history, we are taking a look at countries around the world that have officially legalized same-sex marriage. Below is a timeline for the 29 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal. The year marks when the law was first enacted in that country.