Angola legalizes same-sex relationships
Same-sex relationships have been regarded as a criminal act in Nigeria, which attracts a 14 years imprisonment penalty, but the reverse is now the case in Angola.
According to a report Human Right watch Angola has finally shed the divisive “vices against nature” provision in its law, widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexual conduct.
This new development happened yesterday when the country’s parliament adopted its first new penal code since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and removed the provision, inherited from its Portuguese colonizers.
The country comes to side with countries like: Sao Tome and Principe (2012) and Cape Verde (2004) – two other former Portuguese colonies – as well as Lesotho (2012) and Seychelles (2016) in Africa, and Palau (2014) and Nauru (2016) in Oceania that lifted this ban in recent times.