Botswana scraps gay sex laws in big victory for LGBTQ rights in Africa

yebocan

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Botswana scraps gay sex laws in big victory for LGBTQ rights in Africa
By Kara Fox, CNN

Updated 0957 GMT (1757 HKT) June 11, 2019






Activist Kat Koles Kolenyane holds a LGBTQ pride flag inside Botswana's High Court on Wednesday, where lawmakers overturned a law that criminalized same-sex relations.
(CNN)Botswana's High Court has overturned a colonial-era law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations in a landmark victory for Africa's LGBTQ movements.
The ruling comes just a month after Kenya's high court upheld its laws criminalizing homosexuality.
Under section 164 of Botswana's Penal Code, "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature," was an offense that carried a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment. Section 167 made "acts of gross indecency" -- whether in public or private -- a punishable offense, with up to two years in prison.
The case was brought to court in March by Letsweletse Motshidiemang, a 21-year-old student at the University of Botswana, who argued that society had changed and that homosexuality was more widely accepted, local media reported.
While homophobic attitudes continue to prevail in parts of the country, Botswana's LGBTQ activists and supporters have marked some victories for the movement in recent years. The 2010 Employment Act made it illegal for employers to terminate contracts on the basis of sexual orientation, and two landmark rulings in October and December 2017 laid the foundation for trans people to more easily change their official gender on identity documents.
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/11/africa/botswana-lgbtq-ruling-intl/index.html?adkey=bn
 
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Love that bit "colonial-era law"

Which is the case and it's correct. Not like Africa has had an eye for same sex relationships before the White people got here. Corrective rape comes to mind :erm:
 

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Love that bit "colonial-era law"

Which is the case and it's correct. Not like Africa has had an eye for same sex relationships before the White people got here. Corrective rape comes to mind :erm:
Corrective rape is not a law or a custom. It's a criminal behaviour
 

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Why is it always the courts that have to make these decisions - why can't politicians actually act compassionately to other human beings?
They care about what their majority voters would think, who presumably are still pretty anti gay I would think.
 

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Why is it always the courts that have to make these decisions - why can't politicians actually act compassionately to other human beings?
They feel such decision would diminish their stature and popularity in the eyes of the public. I think. That and religion.
 

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Great step Botswana.....

Obviously it no longer being on the law books is a good first move, now to change the way the cops and such respond to these things... that is a longer and more arduous road to travel.
 

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Why is it always the courts that have to make these decisions - why can't politicians actually act compassionately to other human beings?
Because politicians are meant to represent the democratic will of the people. The "people" don't really like it. This is why there are such things as rights, to protect the minority from the will of the majority.

If you put gay marriage up for referendum in South Africa, it would get a very strong "no" from the people.
 

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Love that bit "colonial-era law"

Which is the case and it's correct. Not like Africa has had an eye for same sex relationships before the White people got here. Corrective rape comes to mind :erm:
Colonial-era law - factually correct....... well to be honest, all laws or customs/traditions that did not suit the vision of the overlords were effectively dispose of...all part and parcel of being conquered and subjugated...
 
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Because politicians are meant to represent the democratic will of the people. The "people" don't really like it. This is why there are such things as rights, to protect the minority from the will of the majority.

If you put gay marriage up for referendum in South Africa, it would get a very strong "no" from the people.
Gay people who want to get married are f**king a**holes.
 

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Colonial-era law - factually correct....... well to be honest, all laws or customs/traditions that did not suit the vision of the overlords were effectively dispose of...all part and parcel of being conquered and subjugated...
Complete B.S.
They have been independent and democratically elected for 50+ years, they could have gotten rid of it if the people wanted to.

Also using the terms conquered and subjugated don't really apply to Botswana. The protectorate was formed at the behest of the tribal leaders because they didn't want to be invaded by the Boers or the Germans.
The British pretty much left them alone.
https://www.mercatus.org/system/files/Explaining_Botswanas_Success.pdf
 

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Great step Botswana.....

Obviously it no longer being on the law books is a good first move, now to change the way the cops and such respond to these things... that is a longer and more arduous road to travel.
That's a generational/cultural thing, so it will take a lot more time.
 
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