Protest held in Botswana against bill legalizing same-sex relationships

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07/22/2023

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Botswana’s capital of Gaborone on Saturday to protest against legislation seeking to make same-sex relations legal. Backed by religious groups, the demonstrators marched across the city to voice their opposition to a bill that aims to comply with a 2019 court ruling in favour of LGBTQ rights. Some held signs reading “we say no homosexuality” and “protect our children”. The bill “would open floodgates of immorality and abomination”, said Pastor Pulafela Mabiletswane Siele of the Evangelical Fellowships of Botswana, a Christian group, delivering a petition to the parliament. “We urge our parliament to opt for a referendum regarding this matter,” Siele said.

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