A five judge panel ruled against the Uganda parliament that passed an ‘anti-gay’ statute.
“It banned the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ and enabled life sentences to be imposed for various same-sex acts, including touching in public or living in a same-sex marriage.”
With some countries still criminalizing homosexuality, this is the step in the right direction!
But Wait, There’s More
Unfortuently, this is not a full fledged victory. The ruling was made on a technicality. The judges found that “the speaker of parliament acted illegally when she allowed a vote on the measure despite at least three objections that not enough MPs were in attendance.”
When it comes to human rights victories, I’ll always take them—but there’s still work that needs to be done to ensure that this type of hateful legislation doesn’t raise its head, again.