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Homosexual relationships. The legal situation in Africa

Homosexual relationships are illegal in 38 out of 53 African countries, and punishable by death in four of them. Anti-gay views have risen in recent years. In February 2014, Uganda, where homosexuality was already illegal, the punishment became life imprisonment. Gambia has enacted a similar law, while Nigeria has prohibited same-sex marriage and gay-rights groups (Nature/News. 10 June 2015). From our Bioethics Observatory, while we cannot defend homosexuality, we can support the undeniable rights of gay people, so we are against their punishment by imprisonment or any other means.

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