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Botswana scraps gay sex laws in big victory for LGBTQ rights in Africa

(CNN)Botswana's High Court has overturned a colonial-era law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations in a landmark victory for Africa's LGBTQ movements.The court in the southern African country unanimously ruled on Tuesday that the legislation was discriminatory, unconstitutional and against the public interest. "A democratic society is one that embraces tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness," Justice Michael Leburu said, noting that discriminatory law not only serves as a detriment to LGBTQ people, but holds back all of society. "Societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity," he said.The ruling comes just a month after Kenya's high court upheld its laws criminalizing homosexuality. Under section 1 ...
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