To many, same sex attraction is as normal as breathing air. To others, active homosexuality is acceptance of the deviance of basic human physiology. However, other than the dozens of nations that still maintain anti-sodomy laws, there are still ten nations on earth that execute homosexuals, as reported by Terri Rupar of The Washington Post on Feb. 24, 2014.
Regardless of what one's opinion is concerning LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) issues, the overwhelming majority of Westerners would consider legal punishments levied against those who keep their private lives private, would range from believing punishment for such to be a barbaric withholding of the basic of human rights, to the other end of the spectrum: the denial of God-given free will.
However the varied opinions of Westerners may be, most were at least taken aback by Rupar's noting of 37 various nations on the African continent alone that imprison those found guilty of homosexuality.
Notably was Uganda recently adding to their civil canon a 14-year prison stretch for homosexual acts — and life sentences for those found guilty of "aggravated homosexuality."
With the common thread of all that nations that execute homosexuals being Islamic Sharia Law, the list is as follows:
- Yemen: According to 1994 penal code, married men can be sentenced to death by stoning for homosexual intercourse. Unmarried men face whipping or one year in prison. Women face up to seven years in prison.
- Iran: In accordance with sharia law, homosexual intercourse between men can be punished by death, and men can be flogged for lesser acts such as kissing. Women may be flogged.
- Iraq: The penal code does not expressly prohibit homosexual acts, but people have been killed by militias and sentenced to death by judges citing sharia law.
- Mauritania: Muslim men engaging in homosexual sex can be stoned to death, according to a 1984 law. Women face prison.
- Nigeria: Federal law classifies homosexual behavior as a felony punishable by imprisonment, but several states have adopted sharia law and imposed a death penalty for men. A law signed in early January makes it illegal for gay people countrywide to hold a meeting or form clubs.
- Qatar: Sharia law in Qatar applies only to Muslims, who can be put to death for extramarital sex, regardless of sexual orientation.
- Saudi Arabia: Under the country’s interpretation of sharia law, a married man engaging in sodomy or any non-Muslim who commits sodomy with a Muslim can be stoned to death. All sex outside of marriage is illegal.
- Somalia: The penal code stipulates prison, but in some southern regions, Islamic courts have imposed Sharia law and the death penalty.
- Sudan: Three-time offenders under the sodomy law can be put to death; first and second convictions result in flogging and imprisonment. Southern parts of the country have adopted more lenient laws.
- United Arab Emirates: Lawyers in the country and other experts disagree on whether federal law proscribes the death penalty for consensual homosexual sex or only for rape. In a recent Amnesty International report, the organization said it was not aware of any death sentences for homosexual acts. All sexual acts outside of marriage are banned.