Uganda Court Hears Challenge to Anti-gay Law, Could Rule As Early As Tomorrow


The Constitutional Court of Uganda opened arguments today on a challenge to the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act that was passed by the country’s parliament late last year and signed by President  Yoweri Museveni in February.

Speaking again with Towleroad, Richard Lusimbo with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) said the arguments made against the law today centered on the controversial way the country’s parliament passed the bill without quorum – a constitutional requirement for any legislation to become law. After hearing the arguments, the court adjourned the case until tomorrow – with a possible ruling once the case resumes.

MuseveniTowleroad readers may recall that Ugandan President Museveni, who has a long history of spouting anti-LGBT comments, initially refused to sign the bill and accused parliament of lawlessly forcing it through after he recommended the law be shelved until the government could study it more clearly.

Buzzfeed adds:

If the court rules against the government, it would not be the first time that the Ugandan Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of LGBT rights. Trans activist Victor Mukasa successfully sued Uganda’s attorney general in 2006 for raiding his house while he was head of Sexual Minorities Uganda. Inspired by Mukasa’s victory, activist David Kato sued the now-defunct Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone over a series of articles outing LGBT people. Weeks after winning the case in 2011, Kato was bludgeoned to death.

The case comes as LGBT advocates renew pressure on President Obama to address LGBT rights in Africa. 


  1. Series says

    In the midst of such strong assertions that gay rights are a white western import, a need has been created for black communities and individuals in both the west and elsewhere to stand up for gay blacks in Africa.

    There needs to be more support coming from blacks in the west and elsewhere like Africa, to dispel the notion that gay rights are ONLY a white western thing.

    Obama, Tutu, and a handful of LGBT activists can’t shoulder all the weight. Gay and straight pro-gay Africans and African Americans need to step-up more for LGBT Africans.

    There needs to be enough support from black Americans and black Africans that gay rights aren’t seen as a white and western phenomenon only.

    It would be useful if all those anti-gay black religious leaders, politicians, communities, and individuals like Sierra Mannie, were to see that gays are sentient humans too, and use their energies to be more inclusive rather than turn their backs on and harm other blacks because they happen to be gay.

    I’ve learned that to anti-gay blacks, gay blacks are more gay than they are black, and therefore it’s ok to anti-gay blacks if gay blacks’ lives are ruined in ways that are no better than when racism was institutionalized.

    I find it sad that anti-gay blacks will gladly oppress other blacks if they happen to be gay. What’s more sad is that when gay whites try to influence the situation, anti-gay Africans shriek “White western import!”

    I sincerely hope that black communities find their voice, if there are enough of them that have a voice for gay rights, to help those black gays in countries that oppress them with religious glee.

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