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Culture > Sexuality > Homosexuality Stats: compare key data on Canada & United States

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  • Allows gays to serve openly in military: Allows gays to serve openly in military?.

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STAT Canada United States
Allows gays to serve openly in military Since 1992 Since 2011
Anti-discrimination laws Bans all anti-gay discrimination, including hate speech / No federal protections. Varying protections in 21 states. Included in the federal hate crimes law since 2009. See Matthew Shepard Act
Legality of homosexual acts Legal since 1969 (Age of consent discrepancy, prohibition of anal intercourse in some cases) UN decl. sign. Legal nationwide since 2003. UN decl. sign. See Lawrence v. Texas
Same-sex adoption / Varies by province and territory. / Single gay persons may adopt, laws on couples vary by state
Same-sex marriage Legal since 2003, Mandatory legal status nationwide since 2005 / Varies by state, recognized by federal gov't . (Legal in California , Connecticut , Delaware , Hawaii , Illinois , Iowa , Maine , Maryland , Massachusetts , Minnesota , New Hampshire , New Jersey , New Mexico , New York , Rhode Island , Vermont , Washington , Eight Native American Tribal Jurisdictions and the District of Columbia ; recognized in Oregon and Kentucky )

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