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Abolished Ugandan anti-gay law welcomed

The court ruling that abolished an anti-homosexuality law has been hailed as a victory for gay rights.

A rainbow flag, representing equality for members of the LGBTI community. Picture: Stock.xchng.

JOHANNESBURG - A Ugandan Constitutional Court ruling that abolished an anti-homosexuality law has been hailed as a victory for gay rights, even though some still fear a possible retaliation from the government.

A panel of five Constitutional Court judges ruled yesterday that the Speaker of Parliament acted illegally when she allowed a vote on the bill despite three objections, including from the country's prime minister over a lack of a quorum.

The court struck down the anti-homosexuality law which provided for jail terms of up to life for those convicted of engaging in gay sex.

Commission for Gender Equality chair Mfano Shozi said, "Any anti human rights law shouldn't be allowed in Africa."

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