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As While there is no national death penalty in Nigeria for being LGBT, no fewer than 12 of the country's northern provinces have codified the death penalty as punishment for gay sex.

All of those have done so under the banner of Islam's Sharia Law.

Call them the Dirty Dozen: They are the 11 countries and one militant extremist political jurisdiction where the death penalty applies to the "crime" of loving someone of the same sex.

Extremist religiosity of primarily the fundamentialist varieties of both Islam and Christianity drive enough legislators, religious leaders, and laypeople in these societies to keep their "kill the gays" laws and cultural practices alive.

However, the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has likely executed more people for being gay or for being accused of being gay than any recognized state has done in recent years.