Ugandan Court Invalidates Country’s Anti-Homosexuality Law

News outlets report on the Ugandan Constitutional Court’s decision to invalidate the country’s anti-gay law.

Agence France-Presse: Uganda court scraps new anti-gay law
“Uganda’s Constitutional Court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament…” (8/1).

Associated Press/New York Times: Ugandan Court Invalidates Anti-Gay Law
“A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum…” (8/1).

BBC News: Uganda court annuls anti-homosexuality law
“Uganda’s Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February. It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal…” (8/1).

Deutsche Welle: Uganda Constitutional Court strikes down anti-homosexuality law
“The panel of judges in Uganda’s Constitutional Court declared the country’s anti-homosexuality law invalid on Friday. It cited improper parliamentary procedure in its ruling. In December, the speaker of parliament allowed the bill’s passage despite several objections from lawmakers. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni then signed it into law in February…” (8/1).

The Independent: Uganda court strikes down tough anti-homosexuality law as ‘null and void’
“Uganda’s constitutional court has struck down an anti-homosexuality law punishing gay sex with long jail sentences, on the basis that it was passed during a parliamentary session lacking a quorum…” (Saul, 8/1).

NPR: Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law
“A court in Uganda has thrown out a controversial law that punished acts of homosexuality harshly, including with life in prison…” (Peralta, 8/1).

Reuters: Ugandan constitutional court strikes down anti-homosexuality law
“Uganda’s constitutional court struck down on Friday an anti-homosexuality law that punishes gay sex with long jail sentences, citing procedural irregularities in the way the legislation was enacted…” (8/1).

TIME: Uganda Court Throws Out Anti-Gay Law on Technicality
“Uganda’s Constitutional Court invalidated the country’s controversial anti-gay law Friday, finding that the legislature violated its own procedural rules when passing the bill earlier this year…” (8/1).

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