Mozambique Decriminalises Homosexuality

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The decriminalisation of homosexuality it Mozambique makes it one of only a few African countries where same-sex relationships are legal.

Mozambique has removed homosexuality from its penal code. The revised code, in force from Wednesday, drops a colonial-era clause outlawing “vices against nature.”

While the law was never enforced, GLBT activists are claiming the official decriminalisation as a symbolic victory as surrounding African nations move to further discriminate against gay and lesbians.

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Mozambique joins neighbouring South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Ivory Coast where it is not a crime to be gay.

Article | Levi Joule. Photo | Getty Images

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