Anti-gay protests held against Botswana LGBTQ bill

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07/22/2023

Demonstrations have taken place in the streets of Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, against legislation to make same-sex relations legal. Mostly religious groups marched across the city to voice their opposition to a bill aiming to comply with a 2019 court ruling in favour of LGBTQ rights. Botswana’s High Court in 2019 ruled in favour of campaigners seeking to strike down jail sentences for same-sex relationships, declaring the punishment to be unconstitutional. The government sought to revoke the ruling but lost in appeal in 2021. One demonstrator said: “We are saying no to this abomination, no. It’s a sin. Botswana is a Christian country.” Another explained her reasons for being on the march.

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