Botswana mulls gay ruling

2014-11-18 17:05
A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda. (Rebecca Vassie, AP)

A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda. (Rebecca Vassie, AP)

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Gaborone - Botswana‘s labour and home affairs minister on Tuesday said he was still considering whether to appeal against a high court ruling that Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (Legabibo) can register as an organisation.

"I am still studying the judgment before I can take any decision," minister Edwin Batshu told a Sapa correspondent.

On Friday, high court judge Terrence Rannowane ruled that Legabibo could register their organisation.

The labour ministry and the Register of Societies previously refused to let the organisation register. Rannowane ruled this to be unlawful.

Handing down judgment on Friday, Rannowane said he had examined the objective of Legabibo "with view of finding out if any of the them offends against section 72 of the Society’s Act".

He concluded this was not the case and set aside the decision by the Register of Societies to deny them registration and recognition in 2012.

The Register of Societies' reason for refusing the group recognition was that the country's Constitution did not recognise homosexuality.

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