This week read about a Namibia court ruling against two gay couples, and a bill to ban conversion therapy in Canada facing pushback.
Namibia Court Rules Against Two Gay Couples
On Thursday, Namibia's High Court ruled against two homosexual couples seeking recognition of their weddings, saying that while she agreed with them, she was constrained by the country's restriction on same-sex relationships.
According to Reuters, many other African countries, like Namibia, also prohibit same-sex relationships, putting couples in danger of arrest and public ridicule.
Anette and Anita Seiler-Lilles married in South Africa, and Daniel Digashu and Johan Potgieter in Germany, but both couples currently live in Namibia.
They contended in court that the term "spouse" in Namibian immigration law should be expanded to cover same-sex couples, or the section should be deemed unconstitutional.
Judge Hannelie Prinsloo agreed but said she was constrained by a Supreme Court judgment from more than 20 years ago that indicated Namibia does not recognize same-sex unions.
"Only the Supreme Court can correct itself," she said, adding that the constitution needed to reflect social realities.
Conversion Therapy Ban Facing Push Back
Photo via PxHere.
Thousands of Christian leaders across Canada condemned the language of new Canadian legislation prohibiting LGBT conversion therapy in sermons on Sunday, claiming that the law's broad scope and ambiguous phrasing could lead to the criminalization of even private sexuality discussions.
According to The Hill, more than 4,000 Christian pastors stated they would be willing to demonstrate against Bill C-4, which makes practicing, advocating, or profiting from conversion therapy a criminal violation in Canada.
After getting "royal assent" in early December, the prohibition went into force on Jan. 8. Violations might result in a five-year jail term.
"It’s official: Our government’s legislation banning the despicable and degrading practice of conversion therapy has received Royal Assent — meaning it is now law. LGBTQ2 Canadians, we’ll always stand up for you and your rights," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet.