A Precarious End to Uganda’s Anti-Gay Act


Late last week, Uganda’s constitutional court struck down the country’s anti-homosexuality act, a law that mandates severe sentences—including, in some cases, life imprisonment—for homosexual behavior. On Friday, at the court house in Kampala, a swell of press and lawyers and activists from Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania awaited the judgment. Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan pastor and prominent supporter of the law, prayed out loud in the courtroom, quoting Bible verses as he denounced homosexuality. Frank Mugisha, a gay-rights activist whom I wrote about for the magazine