Uganda court invalidates anti-gay law

Kampala - A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.

The panel of five judges on the East African country's Constitutional Court said the speaker of parliament acted illegally when she went ahead to allow a vote on the measure despite at least three objections over lack of a quorum.

The ruling was made before a courtroom packed with Ugandans opposing or supporting the measure. Activists erupted in loud cheers after the court ruled the law is now "null and void".

The anti-gay law provided jail terms of up to life for those convicted of engaging in gay sex.

It also allowed lengthy jails terms for those convicted of the offenses of "attempted homosexuality" as well as "promotion of homosexuality".

Although the legislation has wide support in Uganda, it has been condemned in the West and rights groups have described it as draconian.

The US, which wants the law repealed, has withheld or redirected funding to some Ugandan institutions accused of involvement in rights abuses.

- AP
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Neil Henry Wood 2014-08-01 01:18:54 PM
Dave Parker 2014-08-01 01:27:56 PM
Zeitgeist 2014-08-01 01:45:57 PM
Progress. This is good news!
John Ngalande 2014-08-01 01:46:57 PM
Well done uganda, stick to your powers let the west go to hell with there money and they must eat that money with their devil
Nobby Poltice 2014-08-01 01:48:00 PM
Excellent. Jeez, the Christian evangelists who promoted this bigotry and cruelty no have egg on their faces. And guess what. The god never warned then what was coming. The god they claim to represent was powerless to prevent it. Nice!
Charissa Kemp 2014-08-01 02:14:04 PM
Ah good, no more should people be oppressed!
Fanele Eric Gina 2014-08-01 02:42:03 PM
why do they bother about what two adults do, in their own private space? Seriously, they've got more serious things to deal with, rather than this.
SunshinyDay 2014-08-01 02:52:47 PM
I wonder if they would had done this if the US hadn't withheld aid.
Miles Lancmore 2014-08-01 03:04:25 PM
Whose court is it anywhere?
Jacques Janse Van Rensburg 2014-08-01 03:09:19 PM
Good news, hopefully the Ugandan government will give up on this madness!