Gays and lesbians are pushing for an end to discrimination and for civil rights such as same-sex marriage in Venezuela. "In some areas of the capital, two men cannot be seen holdings hands without security ushering them out," said Cesar Sequera, who leads Diverse Venezuela, among marchers waving signs like "Say yes to inclusion." Sequera said the dozens taking part in the protest wanted to see the end of persecution of lesbians, gays and transsexuals in Venezuela -- and were seeking the legalization of same-sex marriage. Bills seeking more rights for gays and lesbians have been "blocked by the religious fundamentalism which holds sway in the National Assembly," he said of the socialist government's main legislative force in the legislature. But gay marriage has not come before lawmakers in the South American nation. Uruguay's legislature voted last month to allow same-sex marriages nationwide, making it only the second Latin American country to do so. Argentina approved gay marriage in 2010. Same-sex marriage has been permitted in Mexico City, but not the rest of the country, since 2009.Source: AFP << Study Finds Global Luxury Market Set for Slower Growth Latest Setback Sheds Light on 'Gap' for HIV Vaccine Efforts >> Recommended Reading Gay Marriages Legalized in France France now clears a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children too. READ MORE Brazil Clears Way for Gay Marriage In Brazil, a top judicial panel cleared the way for same-sex marriage, ruling that gay couples could not be denied marriage licenses. READ MORE New Ban on Gay Rights Rally: Moscow Later this month, Moscow city authorities again turned down demands for a gay rights rally in the Russian capital. READ MORE Georgian Orthodox Supporters Disrupt Georgia Gay Rights Rally Smashing through police cordons and forcing activists to flee in fear, thousands of Georgian ultra-conservative Orthodox supporters led by priests thwarted an attempt to hold a gay rights rally in the deeply religious ex-Soviet state. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Indian Medical Journals Blood Pressure Calculator Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?