Friday, August 1, 2014

Uganda Court Kills Anti Gay Act

Finally some fabulous news from Uganda. A Ugandan court invalidated the notorious anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year stating the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. Frank Mugisha, Sexual Minorities Uganda Director & brave Ugandan gay leader said the ruling Friday was a "step forward" for gay rights even though he was concerned about possible retaliation stating with the court’s nullification of the law “we become legal again.” However this ruling won’t make life better for LGBT people right away adding, “Society won’t give in, though there is now an open space & a chance for dialogue with the government now that the law is gone.” Mugisha & other LGBT activists said before the ruling they were braced for a surge in violence. The law’s supporters, like Ssempa & the leadership of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, had been whipping up their supporters during the 2 days of hearings before the ruling & LGBT activists expected a backlash if they won. The panel of 5 judges on the East African country's Constitutional Court said the speaker of parliament acted illegally when she allowed a vote on the measure despite at least three objections including from the country's prime minister over a lack of a quorum when the bill was passed on December 20th, 2013.
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