August 07, 2014 Articles

Comparative LGBT Rights Law: Where Should You Have Your Gay Honeymoon?

By Emily A. Ambrose

Increasingly more gay and lesbian people in the United States are able to marry, which begs the question: where is it safe for gays to honeymoon outside the United States? Newsweek recently posted the "Top 12 Most Homophobic Nations." The 12 most homophobic nations were Afghanistan, Honduras, India, Iran, Jamaica, Lithuania, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. In Nigeria, public displays of affection between gays are outlawed. In Uganda, homosexuality is punishable by life in prison. In Jamaica, hate crimes are "alarmingly common." The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity recently sponsored a panel discussing Russia's anti-gay laws. While avoiding some of these countries may be a no-brainer—indeed, one would generally want to avoid a warzone—some of the top honeymoon destinations also are places that gay people may want to avoid.

Following are 10 popular wedding and honeymoon destinations to avoid based on their anti-gay laws and history of discrimination against gays and lesbians. Notwithstanding the anti-gay laws in these countries, the travel blogs confirm that, with most of these countries, it is possible to stay at gay-friendly hotels or resorts and generally avoid the local authorities and local people, especially if you are planning to be discreet. But unless you want your honeymoon to remind you of your closet, why bother?

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