September 29, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill, prohibiting the so-called "gay panic" defense that has been used to reduce homicide charges to manslaughter. The defense has been used by defendants who claimed that they were "panicked" into committing a crime due to a ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Constitutional Court of Russia ruled Thursday that the law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors is not in breach of the Russian Constitution. The controversial law, which entered into force in June 2013, was challenged by three LGBT-rights activists: Nikolay ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Gambia's National Assembly passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The ...[read more]
August 1, 2014
by William Helbling
Uganda's Constitutional Court in Kampala on Friday ruled to overturn their internationally scrutinized Anti-Homosexuality Act. It is reported that the court's panel of five judges decided to strike down the anti-gay law because they believed it didn't properly pass through Parliament. The Anti- ...[read more]
June 15, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday struck down a portion of a state law banning consensual oral and anal sex, aimed at criminalizing homosexual conduct, as unconstitutional. The appeal was brought by a Dallas County, Alabama, man who was charged with engaging in consensual sodomy with ...[read more]
March 11, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A group of Uganda rights activists on Tuesday petitioned the country's Constitutional Court to overturn a recent law criminalizing the promotion and recognition of homosexual relations. President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month, which imposes life sentences for those convicted ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Gay rights and HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona was acquitted Tuesday by the Lusaka Magistrate's Court of charges of encouraging homosexuality. Kasonkomona, a well-known activist for LGBT rights in highly-conservative Zambia, where homosexuality is illegal, was arrested in April 2013 after speaking ...[read more]
February 24, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed into law a bill criminalizing the promotion and recognition of homosexual relations. Reports indicate that first-time offenders will face up to 14 years in prison, while those charged with "aggravated homosexuality" will face life in prison. The ...[read more]
February 5, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Wednesday urged the Russian government to repeal legislation banning the dissemination of homosexual "propaganda" to minors. Reports indicate that the CRC is specifically concerned that the law's broad definitions of "propaganda" will lead to ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Parliament of Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus passed a bill decriminalizing homosexual relations between men, making it the last European territory to do so. Like the anti-homosexuality laws of Isle of Man and Guernsey, Northern Cyprus's law criminalizing homosexual relations was a ...[read more]

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