Gayism and Lesbianism have been a major point of talk in so different African countries for quite long period of time.
In Kenya, this issue has had mixed reactions and some oppose while some propose for its legalization though the Kenyan Constitution under penal code section terms it as illegal.
Currently, LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) is strictly unauthorized in Kenya.
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Today here we will check out some of the countries in Kenya that has accepted and legalized same-sex marriage. In fact according to Wikipedia, out of the 54 African states, 22 of them have legalized homosexuality.
Below are some of the countries in Africa that have legalized same-sex relationships in the last decade.
- South Africa
In 2006, South Africa became the first and remains the only African country to legalize same-sex marriage, with a constitution that also protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. They are introduced a bill in 2018, to criminalize hate crimes and hate speech.
Angola is the latest African country to decriminalize same-sex relationships. After passing a new law that came into effect in February 2021, thee new law overturned a ban on same-sex relationships that dates back to when the country was a Portuguese colony and states that discrimination based on sexual orientation can be punishable by imprisonment of up to two years.
Botswana’s High Court in 2019 decriminalized both male and female same-sex relationships. It replaced a law that has been in place since 1965, when the country was under British rule, which outlaws “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” and was punishable by up to seven years in jail
Homosexuality was illegal for men, before the current Penal Code act,but in 2010 homosexuality was decriminalized in its entirety by the country.
- Republic of Seychelles
In May 2016 Seychelles decriminalized “same-sex acts” , after lawmakers voted to amend section 151 of the country’s Penal Code Act that referred to sodomy as a felony and made it punishable with up to 14 years in prison. This amendment came just three months after a national address by the nation’s President James Michel, claiming that his government would introduce a bill to abolish Section 151.
In 2015, Mozambique dropped from its penal code a colonial-era clause outlawing same-sex relationships as “vices against nature”.