Same-sex marriage has been legalized in in twenty-seven countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Yet same-sex marriage remains banned in many countries, and the expansion of broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights has been uneven globally. International organizations, including the United Nations, have issued resolutions in support of LGBT rights, but human rights groups say these organizations have limited power to enforce these newly recognized rights.
There are civil partnerships available for gays, but marriage is a step too far. A civilized society does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion, sex or sexuality and denial of marriage rights is clear discrimination. Gay and heterosexual couples both deserve the legal rights associated with marriage — on taxes, property ownership, inheritance or adoption.
Washington, D. It is time Congress changes that. It will also expand the Civil Rights Act of to clarify the definition of public accommodations and ensure that a broader range of establishments, including retail stores and services such as banking, are included for all classes.
In recent years the progress in securing equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people in the West has seemed on an upward trajectory. Two-thirds of Americans support same-sex marriage, up from just over a third in Attitudes have also changed in much of Europe, where same-sex marriage is mostly legal, and in Australia, where same-sex unions were legalised last year. Yet in much of the world, far more needs to be done.
People around the world face violence and inequality—and sometimes torture, even execution—because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse. Human Rights Watch works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples' rights, and with activists representing a multiplicity of identities and issues.
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Since its founding inthe United Nations political bodies had not discussed LGBT rights regarding equality regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity until through the favorable resolution of the Toonen v. Australia case by the UN Human Rights Comiteewhich dictated that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that laws against homosexuality are a violation of human rights. After that, in Septembersexual orientation became a topic of debate in the negotiations on the Draft of the Beijing Platform for Action   at the 4th World Conference on Women.
You can change your cookie settings at any time. Opening statement on the Marriage same sex couples bill: second reading, by Maria Miller, 5 February This was published under the to Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.
NCBI Bookshelf. At a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT individuals are an increasingly open, acknowledged, and visible part of society, clinicians and researchers are faced with incomplete information about the health status of this community. Although a modest body of knowledge on LGBT health has been developed over the last two decades, much remains to be explored.