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article imageGay rights in the US court, criminality in the rest of the world

By Michael Krebs     Mar 28, 2013 in World
As Facebook users in the United States change their profile pictures to the double-bar human rights symbol in support of gay rights and gay marriage, homosexuals remain persecuted around the world - particularly in Africa, where it is largely a crime.
The double-bar human rights symbol, as detailed here by MSNBC, has become all the rage on Facebook - as Americans broadly demonstrate their support for gay rights in the face of the Supreme Court's argument conclusion on the matter.
However, while the U.S. decision hinges on the question of benefits and of overall federal government recognition, the real human rights issue - as gay rights are concerned - resides elsewhere in the world.
As Voice of America reported on Wednesday, African activists and governments are watching the American court decision closely.
In fact, homosexuality is met with prison sentences and even the death penalty in some countries. Across the African continent, intolerance to gay rights is on the upswing.
“We know that this backlash demonstrates that we’re making progress. If the governments weren’t getting a little bit nervous, if religious leaders weren’t finding it necessary for them to speak out and say homophobic things, it might be because the movement hadn’t advanced enough,” Neela Ghoshal, a Kenya-based LGBT Researcher for Human Rights Watch told Voice of America.
The protests against gay rights are happening in some surprising places. Consider the anti-gay protests that have taken place in France - with riots and police clashes, as NBC reported.
And this is something to consider. as the U.S. Supreme Court ruminates on whether or not "marriage is a fundamental right," as NPR reported.
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