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Infor the first time, more people supported same-sex marriage than opposed it. Support has continued to grow, and inmore people than ever agree that same-sex couples should have the right to get married. Fifty-six percent of Americans agree or strongly agree that gay couples should have the right to get married while just 32 percent disagree or strongly disagree.
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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Significantly compromised health care delivery and adverse health outcomes are well documented for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT community in the United States compared with the population at large. Reports in the medical and social science literature suggest that legal and social recognition of same-sex marriage has had positive effects on the health status of this at-risk community. Improved outcomes are to be expected because of the improved access to health care conferred by marriage benefits under federal or state law and as a result of attenuating the effects of institutionalized stigma on a sexual minority group.
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The country does not allow or recognise LGBT rights. There is no legal protection against discrimination in Nigeria —a largely conservative country of more than million people,  split between a mainly Muslim north and a largely Christian south. Edafe Okporo fled Nigeria to the United States seeking asylum based on his sexual orientation and was granted political asylum in
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.
The Methodist church will decide this week whether to take a significant step towards allowing same-sex marriage, a move likely to complicate plans for closer ties with the Church of England. The Methodist conference in Birmingham is being urged to support proposals to allow same-sex marriage in its chapels. If successful, a final decision would be taken next year after wider consultation.