Mozambique scraps anti-gay law: Will it inspire other African nations to follow suit?

A view overlooking Maputo Bay in Mozambique. (Photo: SSGT Ken Bergmann, USAF/Wikimedia Commons)
A view overlooking Maputo Bay in Mozambique. (Photo: SSGT Ken Bergmann, USAF/Wikimedia Commons)

Congratulations are in order for Mozambique, which has decriminalized gay and lesbian relationships starting today.

It is one of the few African countries that allow same-sex relationships, and perhaps its move will inspire others in Africa — like Nigeria and Uganda — to do likewise.

Reports the Guardian: “The move was largely symbolic since there have been no known prosecutions for homosexuality since Mozambique gained independence 40 years ago last week.”

Still, the colonial law is now off the books, and it sends a message to gay and lesbian people — and to the rest of the world.

But the quest for equal civil rights is not over yet in Mozambique, activists are saying.

They will continue pushing for things like same-sex marriage and the right for couples to adopt.

You gotta think they will win those rights, too.

— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor

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“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey

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One thought on “Mozambique scraps anti-gay law: Will it inspire other African nations to follow suit?”

  1. I doubt it…African cultures are very pro-natalist and tribal, procreation for them is very important because it is a way to ensure the survival of their own tribes, just like societies in the Middle East…legalising sodomy would represent a threat to procreation

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