Tag Archive | anti-gay law

Sudan removes death penalty in anti-gay law

Sudan removes death penalty in anti-gay law

Sudan’s decision to lift the death penalty and flogging as punishment for [homosexuality] was hailed by LGBT+ activists on Thursday as a promising sign, after almost four decades of Islamist rule, with calls for prison sentences to be abolished as well. Others criticised the relaxation of the law in conservative Sudan, where a transitional government […]

Malaysian wins right to challenge Muslim anti-gay law

Malaysian wins right to challenge Muslim anti-gay law

Malaysia’s top court has given the go-ahead for a man to challenge an Islamic [anti-gay law], his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a test case for gay rights in the mostly Muslim country. LGBT+ rights groups say Islamic laws have been increasingly used to target the country’s gay community, with a rise in arrests and […]

Singapore: LGBT+ approach top court to overturn anti-gay law

Singapore: LGBT+ approach top court to overturn anti-gay law

Singaporean gay activists have turned to the country’s highest court to overturn a colonial-era anti-gay law, a lawyer said on Wednesday, after they failed in a legal challenge this week. Singapore’s High Court on Monday rejected petitions from three gay men who challenged the law, which punishes same-sex acts between men. Offenders can be jailed for […]

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

(Reuters) – Singapore’s high court today upheld a law that criminalises sex between men, dismissing three appeals that argued it was unconstitutional, although prosecutions under the law are rare. The ruling follows challenges last year to the colonial-era law, a thorny issue in the socially conservative city-state, where repeal efforts failed in 2014, though activists were […]

Gabon: Anti-gay ban as reform stalls

Gabon: Anti-gay ban as reform stalls

Gabon has passed an anti-gay law, becoming the 70th country to do so, an official confirmed, as the global pace of reform falters. The central African country banned “sexual relations between people of the same sex” in a new penal code earlier this year, according to copies of the law online.

Singapore: Court to hear legal challenges on anti-gay ban

Singapore: Court to hear legal challenges on anti-gay ban

As a Singapore court prepares to hear a series of legal challenges to [an anti-gay law] LGBT+ activists on Tuesday called for the “right” verdict to be delivered, so similar reforms can be triggered across other parts of Asia. Like many other former British colonies, Singapore has retained an old [anti-gay law] which was scrapped […]

US: Christian couple can sue over Minnesota same-sex marriage video law

US: Christian couple can sue over Minnesota same-sex marriage video law

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit by a Minnesota couple, challenging a state law requiring that their video production company film same-sex weddings, which they say violates their Christian beliefs. In a 2-1 decision, the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota, said Angel and Carl Larsen […]

US: Govt. contractors could refuse LGBT+ workers under new religious exemption

US: Govt. contractors could refuse LGBT+ workers under new religious exemption

US businesses with federal government contracts would be allowed not to hire LGBT+ candidates on religious grounds, under a proposed rule announced on Wednesday by the US Department of Labor. The policy change would state that government contractors, including universities, hospitals and corporations, can claim religious exemptions in employment decisions, if they can produce evidence […]

European Parliament condemns Brunei over ‘retrograde’ anti gay law

European Parliament condemns Brunei over ‘retrograde’ anti gay law

The European Parliament on Thursday strongly condemned Brunei for introducing “retrograde” anti-gay legislation. The Muslim-majority sultanate has drawn global condemnation from the United Nations, governments, and a host of celebrities, for introducing the latest stage of Sharia laws on April 3. It began rolling out the Islamic criminal laws in 2014. The resolution adopted by […]

UK: Hundreds protest outside The Dorchester over Brunei’s anti-gay laws

UK: Hundreds protest outside The Dorchester over Brunei’s anti-gay laws

(Reuters) – Hundreds of people rallied outside the Brunei-owned Dorchester hotel in London on Saturday, in protest at new anti-gay laws in Brunei, that punish homosexuality, adultery and rape with the death penalty. Brunei’s state-owned investment agency BIA owns the Dorchester Collection hotel group, which features luxury venues such as the Dorchester, the Beverly Hills […]