Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Conduct

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01/24/2019

Angola has finally shed the divisive “vices against nature” provision in its law, widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexual conduct. Taking things one step further, the government has also prohibited discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation.  And so anyone refusing to employ or provide services to individuals based on their sexual orientation may face up to two years in prison.    The changes came on January 23 as Angola’s parliament adopted its first new penal code since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and removed the provision, inherited from its Portuguese colonizers.

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