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Uganda: Court Strikes Down Anti Gay Law

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Big news out of Uganda – the country’s Constitutional Court just struck down the draconian anti gay law on a technicality.

Think Progress reports:

Uganda’s Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, has struck down the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Law, ruling that Parliament passed it illegally. House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, a proponent of the policy, ignored a quorum call before holding a vote last December with less than a third of lawmakers present. As one of the judges explained, “The illegal act of the Speaker tainted the process and rendered it a nullity.” The Court did not weigh the merits of the bill, which criminalized homosexuality and advocacy for gay rights with life sentences in prison.

So, basically, there’s nothing to stop them from passing it again the “right” way. But still…

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Alabama Sodomy Law Struck Down By State Supreme Court

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Alabama mapThe Alabama sodomy law, invalid since 2003, was finally actually struck down yesterday.

Joe.My.God reports:

An Alabama appeals court yesterday struck down the state’s ban on consensual oral and anal sex. Such acts have been legal nationwide since Lawrence V Texas, but still. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals issued its unanimous ruling in Williams vs. Alabama, the appeal of a Dallas County man who was convicted of sexual misconduct, though the jury found the homosexual sexual encounter was consensual. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals said today a portion of Alabama’s sexual misconduct statute is unconstitutional. It was referring to code section 13A-6-65, which reads in part, “consent is no defense to a prosecution.” The state appeals court noted the legislative commentary for the statute says the consent section “was changed by the legislature to make all homosexual conduct criminal, and consent is no defense.”

Sodomy laws have been used selectively to persecute gays in many states, and were all invalidated by the US Supreme Court in 2003, but many states have refused to remove them from their books.

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Mexico: Supreme Court Strikes Down Marriage Equality Ban

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Mexico: Supreme Court Strikes Down Marriage Equality BanIn what activists are hailing as a landmark ruling, today the Mexican Supreme Court struck down the ban on same-sex marriage.

The court ruled on behalf of three same-sex couple seeking to marry in the southern state of Oaxaca. The court had already ruled in 2010 that gay marriages performed under a Mexico City ordinance had to be recognized nationwide. With this precedent, the remaining bans on gay marriage in most Mexican states could quickly fall.

This ruling does not immediately eliminate marriage statutes limiting unions to a man and a woman–the Mexican Supreme Court doesn’t have the power to strike down state laws like that en mass as the United States Supreme Court does.

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