Gabon’s senate has strongly voted in favour of decriminalising homosexuality, a week after the lower house in the national assembly voted to modify law No. 042/2018 of 05 July 2019 relating to the Penal Code in the Gabonese Republic.
The move, should it be ratified by the president, will make Gabon one of the few African countries to legalise homosexuality.
The senate’s decision has caused an uproar amongst prominent politicians and religious leaders who believes the change is to attract more foreign donors.
Last year, the central African nation criminalised homosexuality and made gay sex punishable with six months in prison and a large fine. Activists said that the move had sent the LGBT community further underground and had led to harassment.
Many African countries impose jail sentences on homosexuals, who are in some cases threatened with the death penalty.