Gabon votes to reverse ban on homosexuality

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06/29/2020

Gabon’s Senate voted on Monday to decriminalise homosexuality, a landmark result that makes the country one of the few in Africa to reverse a ban on same-sex relationships. Under a law passed in 2019, Gabon became one of 73 countries or jurisdictions around the world, including more than two dozen in Africa, where sex between men and between women was illegal. The government’s move to reverse part of the law has sharply divided opinion and sparked intense debate on social media in the central African nation, where homosexuality is still broadly seen as a taboo. Efforts to remove legislation criminalising homosexuality still face challenges elsewhere. In Botswana, the government has said it will appeal a high court ruling that legalised same sex relationships. The government did not explain why it decided to revise the law. The bill won the support of the lower house last week.

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