Ugandan court rules anti-homosexuality law unconstitutional

by Reuters
Friday, 1 August 2014 10:44 GMT

An asylum seeker from Uganda covers his face with a paper bag in order to protect his identity as he marches with the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force during the Gay Pride Parade in Boston, Massachusetts June 8, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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KAMPALA, Aug 1 (Reuters) - A Ugandan court on Friday struck down an anti-homosexuality law that punishes gay sex with long jail sentences after Ugandans opposed to the law filed a constitutional petition alleging that the law violates fundamental rights.

"I can confirm the anti-homosexuality law has been struck down. The judge said there were irregularities in the process of its enactment and also there was no quorum in parliament," said Nicholas Opio, a lawyer for the petitioners.

(Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Janet Lawrence)