Activists ‘Mortified’ at Appeal Against Legalizing Gay Sex

Photo via Gay Umbrella Botswana’s Facebook

Botswana’s High Court ruled to outlaw colonial-era laws that criminalize gay sex last month, but the attorney general decided to appeal the ruling.

While the laws are rarely enforced, rights groups say they promote discrimination against the LGBT community, according to VOA News. And while gay communities find hope in the initial ruling to overturn the laws, activists say the appeal is a step in the wrong direction.

"My heart was saddened by that, I felt mortified. We were moving forward; we were making progress, but now it is like we are two steps back," Botswanan musician, and one of the country’s few out public figures, Motswafere Sithole said, according to VOA News.

A date for the hearing has yet to be set to review the High Court’s judgement. 


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