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Jubilation for homosexuals in Central Africa as lawmakers repealed a law criminalizing same-sex relationships in the country.
The Gabonese National Assembly voted on Tuesday by repealing an amendment of the penal code passed a year ago.
The previous law considers same-sex relationship an “attack on morals”.
According to Reuters, the debate took several hours which saw 25 lawmakers abstained from voting.
However, 48 lawmakers voted in favour while 24 voted against.
The main opposition reportedly contested the result, accusing the 48 lawmakers of destroying the nation’s customs and values.
The angry lawmaker called for a second vote which was not granted.
What Does This Mean?
With the repeal, the homosexuals can go about with their open relationships without fear of arrest from the local police.