Last week, Ecuador’s highest court issued a ruling, legalizing same-sex marriage in the South American country.
While same-sex couples have been allowed to enter into civil unions in Ecuador for a decade, they still lacked some rights bestowed upon married people.
Plaintiff Efraín Soria, who is president of the Ecuadorian Equality Foundation, told the AP that the ruling is “a joy for our entire community and Ecuador.”
While the decision pushed gay rights one step further, there are still many places in the world where it’s difficult — and in some cases illegal — to be out.
In April, the Sultan of Brunei introduced sharia law to the majority-Muslim nation, making the death penalty possible for anyone convicted of having gay sex. After international backlash, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a televised speech in May that the death penalty would not be imposed in any cases, including those dealing with homosexuality.
The controversy in Brunei is an example of how much of an up-hill battle LGBTQ rights continue to be around the world. For example, gay sex is still illegal in 35% of countries in the United Nations, according to statistics released this year by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
To explain just how much gay rights differ on an international scale, Business Insider created this set of maps to visualize the issue. The results show that while homosexuality is no longer outlawed in the majority of the world, there’s still a long way to go in terms of acceptance and equality for LGBTQ people.