Botswana scraps anti-gay laws in landmark decision

Botswana scraps anti-gay laws in landmark decision
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Botswana's High Court rejected sections of its penal code that criminalize same-sex relations and which imposed up to seven years in prison for offenders.
Tuesday's unanimous ruling in the southern African nation calls the sections unconstitutional.
Judge Michael Leburu said human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized," as he delivered the judgment, adding that laws that banned gay sex were "discriminatory."
Today's decision comes less than a month after Kenya's High Court upheld similar sections of its penal code, in another closely watched case.
Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than half of the countries in Africa. In Sudan, parts of Somalia and Nigeria, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.