Tuesday, June 11, 2019. New York City – Victory for the LGBTQ+ community in Botswana after judges rule laws are unconstitutional.
High court judges in Botswana ruled that laws criminalizing same-sex relations are unconstitutional and should be struck down. Homosexuality is illegal in most countries in the African continent. In some countries, LGBTQ+ people face life imprisonment or the death penalty. LGBTQ+ people in many countries face persecution, forcing them into hiding.
“Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized. Sexual orientation is not a fashion statement. It is an important attribute of one’s personality. A democratic nation is one that embraces tolerance, diversity, and open-mindedness … societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity … The state cannot be a sheriff in people’s bedrooms.” _Justice Michael Leburu
“This is a historic ruling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Botswana. It restores privacy, respect and dignity to the country’s LGBT people, and it is a day to celebrate pride, compassion and love.”_Gunilla Carlsson, executive director of UNAids.
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