Same Sex Laws Around The Globe

March 24, 2018

 

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Japan

As of 2018, Japan has no laws against bestiality, nor the sale or ownership of pornography that features animals and sexual acts.

Japan does not recognise same-sex marriage on a national basis, however, seven cities have legalised same-sex partnerships that provide some of the benefits of marriage.

Cuba

The constitution of Cuba explicitly prohibits same-sex marriage or formal same-sex unions in the Caribbean state.

Russia

Russia’s infamous anti-gay legislation, which prohibits “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships” towards minors, has been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights.

According to these laws, gay people have “non-traditional sexual relationships” but bestiality is okay. Alright then

Chile

Chile is another country which has not yet banned sex between humans and animals but maintains a ban on same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couples in Chile have been able to enter into civil unions, which grant similar rights as marriages, since 2015.

Hungary

Though some sources report that bestiality is banned in Hungary under laws criminalizing unnatural acts, it is not specifically outlawed.

However, same-sex marriage has been banned in the central European country since 2012.

Romania

In Romania, there is no legal recognition at all for same-sex couples, with proposals to introduce civil unions near-unanimously rejected in 2013 by the country’s Senate.

But it continues to be legal to have sex with animals in the country, with the country’s penal code failing to criminalize the act.

According to the BBC, Romania and Hungary are two of three EU countries who are yet to ban bestiality.

Finland is the only other European country which has not yet outlawed bestiality, but the Nordic country began to perform same-sex marriages in 2017.

The Philippines

The Philippines is one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in Asia, with a 2014 poll finding that 73 percent of Filipinos believe homosexuality should be accepted.

In 2017 President Rodrigo Duterte showed his support for same-sex marriage, though this may be taken with a pinch of salt.

Duterte has previously made multiple controversial comments, including a claim that if criminals are sent to prison, they become “beyond reform” because they “would have acquired latent homosexuality”.

As of 2018, there are no laws against bestiality in the Philippines.

It is illegal to make or sell any pornography in the Philippines under a 2008 law, but ownership is not criminalised.

 

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