Random Facts


•15 states have hate crime laws that do not include crimes based on sexual orientation
•22 states have hate crime laws that include crime based on sexual orientation (Maine being one of them)
•2 states have hate crime laws that address crimes motivated by bias and prejudice and do not list categories (Utah and Georgia)
•May 17, 2004 Marcia Hams and Susan Shepard got married in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They became the first same-sex couple in the United States to complete a state-sanctioned marriage

Countries where homosexuality is illegapl
•In Africa there are 34 countries, and one country (Mauritania) where homosexual acts are subject to the death penalty
•In Asia/Pacific there are 26 countries, and one country (Pakistan) where homosexual acts are subject to the death penalty
•In the Middle East there are 10 countries, and three countries (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen) where homosexual acts are subject to the death penalty
•In the Americas there are 11 countries
•In Europe there is one country, and one country (Chechen Republic) where homosexual acts are subject to the death penalty









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