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Court topples Uganda’s anti-gay law

By Emma Margolin

According to msnbc, Uganda’s Constitutional Court has nullified a draconian anti-gay law that carried, among other penalties, life-long prison sentences for so-called “aggravated homosexuality.”

In a decision Friday from a panel of five judges, the court found Uganda’s recently-enacted Anti-Homosexuality Act “null and void” because it was passed without a quorum of the necessary one-third members of parliament present. Ugandan officials have not yet announced a decision on whether they’ll appeal the ruling to the nation’s Supreme Court.

The challenge to the law was brought by 10 petitioners, according to the BBC, including academics, journalists, MPs, and human rights activists. In a statement, Human Rights First’s Shawn Gaylord congratulated the petitioners and said he was “deeply impressed” with their hard work and dedication.

A ruling at this level represents an historic moment in the fight for the rights of LGBT people in Uganda, and we hope it will serve as an example for other countries in Africa and worldwide,” said Gaylord. “As the law is invalidated, we urge the Obama Administration to stay in close contact with the Ugandan government and civil society leaders to develop a plan for rolling back the sanctions it recently imposed as appropriate.”

For more details please check msnbc