Botswana’s High Court ruled to abandon a law that criminalized same-sex relations on Tuesday.
What We Know:
- Before the landmark ruling, there was a law in Botswana’s Penal Code that made gay sex illegal. The offense carried up to seven years in prison.
- CNN reported Justice Michael Leburu explained the decision, saying, “A democratic society is one that embraces tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness.”
- The case was prompted by 21-year-old activist, Letsweletse Motshidiemang, who felt the law was outdated and discriminatory.
- This is a great victory for the LGBTQ+ movement in Botswana. There is plenty of heart-warming footage of citizen’s reactions to the monumental ruling.
- Hopefully, other African countries will follow Botswana’s lead. As of right now, 29 other countries in Africa have laws banning gay sex.
— Ryan Brown (@ryanlenorabrown) June 11, 2019
What a great way to celebrate Pride Month!