Botswana Postpones Ruling to Legalize Homosexuality

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In Botswana, being gay is illegal, and the country has been hearing a landmark case to legalize it. But last Thursday, the High Court postponed their ruling on the case.

The current laws promote discrimination and make it hard for LGBT individuals to receive healthcare, according to Eyewitness News. Judge Abednico Tafa said the laws were put in place when society wasn’t ready to accept homosexuality, but some say nothing has changed.

“The law should reflect on the values of society. As far as I know there haven’t been any changes in society towards gay people,” Sidney Pilane, lawyer for the state said, according to Reuters.

Judge Tafa said the decision will be postponed until June 11.


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