Pope Francis is already making a startling impact in the first few months of his tenure by openly reaching out to the gay community. During a candid 80-minute news conference, the new pope had this to say about homosexual clergymen: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" The pope's tolerant comments signal a major sea change in international opinion and legislation, but hate crimes and new antigay laws in Russia show that the struggle for same-sex couples is far from over. We're reviewing all the recent milestones and setbacks in the gay rights movement to find out where the world stands on this hot-button issue.
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