14 Countries That Completely Hate Gay People

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Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur were told at that time “hell would freeze over before Pennsylvania approves same sex marriage.”

But now they’re legally married because now Pennsylvania has had to allow same-sex marriage

It looks like only the most narrow-minded bigot would still think it was acceptable to discriminate against someone purely on the basis of their sexual orientation.

However, the reality is a little different. Across the world, there are hundreds of governments that still do their best to make life miserable for LGBT people. 

Here are the 14 countries that completely hate gay people.

1. Iran — Death penalty.

Even with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (who infamously declared during a 2007 appearance at Columbia University, “In Iran, we don’t have gays”) no longer in office, Iran remains one of the most anti-gay nations on earth. 

Men convicted of sodomy — defined under the Islamic Penal Code of 1991 as “sexual intercourse with a male” — face death, the method of which is determined by a Shariah (Islamic law) judge. A man just kissing another man is punishable by “60 lashes.”

2. Mauritania — Death penalty by public stoning.

Mauritania is one of four African countries where same-sex relations between men can result in the death penalty. 

According to Article 308, “Any adult Muslim man who commits an indecent act or an act against nature with an individual of his sex will face the penalty of death by public stoning.”

3. Nigeria — Death penalty for men and whipping and/or imprisonment for women in 12 northern Nigerian states. Up to 14 years in jail in the rest of the country.

Several states in the northern part of Nigeria operate under Shariah, which rules homosexuality as punishable by death for men and whipping and/or imprisonment for women. 

Throughout the rest of the country, anti-gay laws carry a possible 14-year jail sentence (or seven for “attempt”). 

4. Saudi Arabia — Banishment, whipping, and death by public stoning.

There is no codifed Penal Law in Saudi-Arabia. Instead, the country applies strict Islamic Sharia law. According to the interpretation sodomy is criminalized. 

For a married man the penalty is death by stoning, while the penalty for an unmarried man is 100 blows of the whip as well as banishment for a year. 

For a non-Muslim, who commits sodomy with a Muslim, the penalty is death by stoning. 

Moreover are all sexual relations outside of marriage illegal in Saudi-Arabia according to the Sharia law, including sexual relations between women.

5. Sierra Leone — Life in prison.

In May 2013, Pride Equality and Dignity Association released the first long-term report on LGBT life in Sierra Leone. 

According to the study, which included 80 respondents, “99% had experienced at least one form of harassment and discrimination” because of their sexuality or gender expression. 

The country’s anti-gay law can result in life imprisonment for people convicted of “buggery” (a synonym for sodomy).

6. Afghanistan — Imprisonment

During Taliban rule, same-sex activity in Afghanistan could lead to the death penalty. 

The situation has improved, relatively speaking, as a conviction for “pederasty” — used to describe all homosexual relations, regardless of the persons’ ages — results in a “long” prison sentence.

7. Dominica — Up to 25 years in prison and a possible psychiatric treatment.

In addition to jail sentences for “gross indecency” (maximum 10 years) and “buggery” violations (maximum 25), the island of Dominca could also require “ex-gay” therapy. 

As noted in Section 16 of the country’s penal code: “Any person who attempts to commit the offense of buggery, or is guilty of an assault with the intent to commit the same is guilty of an offense and liable to imprisonment for four years and, if the Court thinks it, the Court may order that the convicted person be admitted to the psychiatric hospital for treatment.”

8. Egypt — Not technically illegal to be gay, but…

…you can be arrested for breaking the country’s laws on sexual conduct. Police raids and mass arrests are not uncommon. 

For example, in 2012, a group of men were arrested and charged with “practicing debauchery.”

9. Sudan — Five years in prison, life imprisonment, flogging, and/or death penalty.

According to Sudanese law, “Any man who inserts his penis or its equivalent into a woman’s or a man’s anus or permitted another man to insert his penis or its equivalent in his anus is said to have committed Sodomy.” 

The first time a person is convicted under this law, he will be flogged with 100 lashes and potentially sent to prison sentenced to five years in prison; the second, 100 more lashes and a certain prison term, again up to five years. A third conviction can result in life in prison or the death penalty.

10. Ghana — A prison term between five and 25 years.

Prominent religious figures in Ghana have condemned homosexuality as recently as June 2013. The country’s criminal code, amended in 2003, considers “unnatural carnal knowledge” to be a first-degree felony.

11. Jamaica — Up to 10 years in prison.

Jamaican law terms “buggery” an “abominable” crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 

12. Malaysia — Up to 20 years in prison and possibly whipping.

Malaysia’s penal code notes: “Whoever voluntarily commits carnal intercourse against the order of nature shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty years, and shall also be liable to whipping.” 

Further, several states have enacted Shariah, criminalizing homosexual acts for both men and women, the penalties of which (imprisonment, lashings) can be applied in addition.

13.Kenya — Between 14 and 21 years in prison.

The wording of Kenya’s penal code regarding “carnal knowledge” is fairly extensive. One of the three sections that address same-sex activity states:

“Any male person who, whether in public or private, commits any act of gross indecency with another male person, or procures another male person to commit any act of gross indecency with him, or attempts to procure the commission of any such act by any male person with himself or with another male person, whether in public or private, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for five years.”

The Earth does remain a very bleak, very dark place for millions of non-straight people, so please be nice to them!

See Also: Top 10 Gay Friendly Countries in the World

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