Uganda’s anti-gay law annulled by court

Ugandan authorities had earlier insisted on defying Western powers to enforce the bill

A Ugandan Court has nullified the country’s anti-gay law.

The Constitutional Court of Uganda said the enactment of the law, which angered Western powers, did not follow the right process.

The court ruled that the bill was passed without the required quorum and was therefore “null and void”.
Passed in December and signed into law February by President Yoweri Museveni, the legislation prescribed life imprisonment for those found living in a same-sex marriage.

Several Western powers rejected the law, with some, including the United States, cutting aid to the East African nation.

The matter was brought before the Court by 10 Ugandans, including journalists and lawmakers, human rights activists and rights groups.

The Court ruled that the legislation was “null and void”, as an insufficient number of lawmakers voted on the bill.
A lawyer for the state, Kosiya Kasibayo, was quoted by the Associate Press news agency as saying that a decision had not been made on whether to appeal against the ruling in the Supreme Court.

Ugandan authorities had earlier insisted on defying western powers to enforce the bill.

Reports said Ugandans were concerned whether the court ruling was not linked to a scheduled visit of the Ugandan president to the United States.


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