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Ugandan Court Repeals Anti-Gay Law

Francesca Bessey |
August 1, 2014 | 4:18 p.m. PDT

Senior Opinion Editor


After widespread condemnation, it seems Uganda has caved to international pressure to repeal the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act that was signed into law in February.

The Act, which increased penalties for engaging in homosexual acts up to life imprisonment, as well as imposing lengthy prison terms for "attempted homosexuality" and the "promotion of homosexuality," was ruled null and void Friday by the Ugandan Constitutional Court because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum.

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Though the law's invalidation was celebrated as a victory by Ugandan gay rights activists, many of whom have put themselves at great personal risk in speaking out against the measure, a colonial-eras law remains in place criminalizing sex acts "against the order of nature," which will likely continue to be used as justification for future arrests.

Likewise, Human Rights Watch has urged the international community to be wary of Uganda's poor human rights record and warns that the judges "ruled on procedure rather than substance." Parliament could very well try to pass the law again, this time with the required quorum.

Read the full story at ABC News.

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