Seychelles Could Legalize Gay Sex, Making it More Gay-Friendly for Tourists

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Colonial-era laws that forbid “sodomy” are currently on the books in around 70 countries, and while we celebrate victories here at home, we can’t neglect those gay people who fear imprisonment or worse, death, for being who they are. One country (also a popular vacation destination), the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean off of Africa, will abolish their sodomy law—inching it closer toward becoming a gay-friendly island. The law (Section 151), as it stands, could see a gay person jailed for up to 15 years as it’s “against the order of nature” if he is caught having sex. A bill has been pushed forward to remove the law from the books—and tourism and relations with the UK have a lot to do with the efforts to make the island more gay-friendly. Attorney General Ronny Govinden said: “It is a priority for the country because whenever the Seychelles is participating in an international convention…we face pressures from other countries who are asking us to remove this law…This is a simple amendment to the penal Code which can be done by the National Assembly and this avoids conflict…This amendment will just decriminalize homosexuality in Seychelles.”

According to labor stats, tourism makes up for nearly 20% of the country’s economy—with even Prince William and Kate choosing it as their honeymoon spot. [PN]

 

 

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