The Nordic countries are traditionally supportive of gay rights, and in , Norway became the first of them to legally recognise same-sex marriage. In , a total of ten countries in the world allow same-sex couples to marry, among them are three Nordic countries. Ragnhild Hollekim and colleagues at the University of Bergen surveyed 1, respondents for their study, and they found that a majority - Only 40 percent thought society is ready for children growing up with gay and lesbian parents. But at the same time, 60 percent of the respondents said sexual orientation does not matter for good parenting.
'Gay genes': science is on the right track, we're born this way. Let’s deal with it.
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association | ILGA
South Africa's Constitution is the first in the world to prohibit unfair discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. It thereby guarantees equality for gay and lesbian people. Just as this section specifically mentions race and ethnicity in response to South Africa's past, sexual orientation is included because of the injustices gay and lesbian people have suffered. Just 10 years ago sex between two people of the same sex was a crime and public displays of affection were considered indecent.
The interdependent relationship between health and human rights is well recognized. Human rights are indivisible and inalienable rights due to all people. Articles 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights UDHR address, respectively, the rights to equality; freedom from discrimination; life, liberty, and personal security; freedom from torture and degrading treatment; recognition as a person before the law; equality before the law; and the rights to marry and have a family. This puts LGBT people in many countries at risk for discrimination, abuse, poor health, and death — the ultimate human rights violation.
I n a recent Guardian article , Simon Copland argued that it is very unlikely people are born gay or presumably any other sexual orientation. Scientific evidence says otherwise. It points strongly to a biological origin for our sexualities.