Uganda’s Antigay Law Struck Down
A Ugandan court has struck down Uganda’s horrible antigay law which criminalized not only homosexuality, but also helping homosexuals or not reporting them to the police.
In front of an overflowing courtroom in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, a panel of five judges announced that the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which punishes some homosexual behavior with life in prison, was invalid because it had been passed by Parliament without a proper quorum.
This is great news, but it may be only a temporary relief for Ugandan LGBTs and allies. Since the law was struck down on a on a technicality, the bill could easily be reinstated. Uganda’s president, who supported the bill, has not yet stated whether he will challenge the ruling. Several countries, including the US, and the World Bank have pressured Uganda to repeal the bill.
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