Botswana’s Pro-LGBTQ Laws

In June 2019, the High Court in Botswana, southern Africa, overturned what the judge referred to as “discriminatory” laws criminalizing homosexuality. The move came after an anonymous plaintiff filed a motion challenging its so-called anti-sodomy laws in 2018. The government claimed the laws shouldn’t be overturned because they reflected society’s values in a country that the US recognizes as “one of the most stable economies in Africa.” Three judges disagreed, unanimously overturning the laws which they said violated Botswana’s constitution.

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