Hurray for Mozambique, where a new Penal Code took effect this week, eliminating a previous law against same-sex intimacy. Many publications reported the change this week and last, which is appropriate. It’s big news, because so many other African nations remain firmly anti-gay.
This blog reported the news in January, not too long after the new Penal Code was adopted. (“Mozambique: Anti-gay law is gone, anti-gay bias remains,” Jan. 16, 2015)
Yay for us, but more important, “Yay for Mozambique.”
However, as the January article notes, although the anti-LGBTI law has vanished, anti-LGBTI discrimination has not. The government of Mozambique has repeatedly refused to grant official recognition to Lambda, the country’s LGBTI advocacy group.
- Mozambique: Anti-gay law is gone, anti-gay bias remains (76crimes.com)
- 10 years later, tally of 92 anti-LGBT nations drops to 76 (76crimes.com)