Seychelles overturns sodomy law in victory for LGBT rights
- The Seychelles National Assembly voted in favor of abolishing a colonial-era law criminalizing sodomy, effectively legalizing same-sex relations in the archipelago nation.
- Seychelles joins fellow African Union members São Tomé e Príncipe and Mozambique in recent pro-LGBT legal reform.
- As in most countries around the world, the debate over decriminalization was dominated by religious concerns, with Catholics comprising 76% of the Seychellois population and Anglicans, the second largest religious community, comprising 6%.
“Seychelles parliament passes bill to decriminalize sodomy“(Seychelles News Agency)
“Seychelles repeals colonial-era law banning gay sex” (PinkNews)
“Tiny African victory: Seychelles repeals ban on gay sex” (Erasing 76 Crimes)
(Image Credit: Patrick Joubert/Seychelles News Agency)