Thursday, January 24, 2019

Angola Became The First Country In 2019 To Decriminalised Gay Sex

Angola is believed to be the first country to have decriminalised homosexuality in 2019, meaning its 29 million inhabitants are free to love whoever they want. They dropped a 'vices against nature' provision, which was historically used to prosecute against gay sex.

Yesterday, January 23, Angola became the first country in 2019 to decriminalise gay sex. Making it a well-rounded win, lawmakers also passed a bill that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment. The bill passed with 155 votes in favor, one against and seven abstentions.

Angola’s previous penal code was written by the Portuguese when they ruled the country in 1886. As with many African countries, laws against homosexuality are remnants of the era of colonial rule — remnants we've held on to while the rest of the world has evolved.

A 2017 poll carried out by ILGA found that 61 percent of Angolans believed that LGB people should enjoy the same rights as heterosexual people.

Last year, India and Trinidad and Tobago decriminalised homosexuality. The Indian Supreme Court ruled that the anti-gay British-era penal code, similar to Angola’s, was unconstitutional. Lebanon, Tunisia, Singapore, Jamaica and Kenya also seem set to do the same this year.

69 countries in the world still criminalise consensual gay sex, including 34 out of 54 nations in Africa.

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