In the Ugandan capital of Kampala, the Ugandan Constitutional Court ruled that the countries’ Anti-homosexuality laws which came into effect in February were null and void. This ruling came as it was discovered that the required quorum to pass the Bill into law were not fulfilled and as such made the Bill unenforceable.
This decision follows months of international diplomacy with states such as Denmark and Sweden proceeding to cut funding to the African state. The Bill also led to international outcry by LGBT+ activists and lawmakers. The case was brought to court by petitioners, alleging that the Bill was unconstitutional. However the unconstitutional error was not one of discrimination but rather a technical flaw in the protocol.
The AFP news agency today quoted a prominent journalist, Andrew Mwenda as saying; “The retrogressive anti-homosexuality act of Uganda has been struck down by the constitutional court – it’s now dead as a door nail.”
While this proves to be a step in the right direction for Uganda homosexuality is still illegal as per other pieces of legislation within the African nation.