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Hopefully this is a lesson to anti-LGBT conservatives complaining about "judicial activism":

Uganda’s Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, has struck down the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Law, ruling that Parliament passed it illegally. House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, a proponent of the policy, ignored a quorum call before holding a vote last December with less than a third of lawmakers present.

As one of the judges explained, “The illegal act of the Speaker tainted the process and rendered it a nullity.” The Court did not weigh the merits of the bill, which criminalized homosexuality and advocacy for gay rights with life sentences in prison.

This is good news, but the fight against the bill isn't over. This wasn't a ruling on the merits, and Kadaga could pass it again if she follows the correct procedure.

But do you see, conservatives? That's why you have a judiciary that can invalidate laws.

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  •  there's always the chance that... (4+ / 0-)

    ... they won't be able to pass this a second time, if there's sufficient adverse attention from the world.

    Keep in mind that this bill is the direct result of Dominionists from the US deliberately meddling in Ugandan politics.

    Dominionists see certain countries in Africa as testing-grounds for political strategies they want to use in the US.  This item in Uganda is not the only example.

    We got the future back. Uh-oh.

    by G2geek on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 03:31:22 PM PDT

  •  Uganda has gottein it right, the court has (1+ / 0-)
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    high uintas

    corrected this gross miscarriage of just law when it said the anti-LGBT law was unconstitutional.

    •  No they haven't, at least not yet. The law was (0+ / 0-)

      struck down on a technicality (no quorum present when it was passed) rather than on the merits.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:21:19 PM PDT

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      •  The merits come later, after the proper procedure (0+ / 0-)

        has been followed.  The court can not strike down on the merits if it was voted up improperly, with no quorum present.  Perhaps it never had a chance on it's merits so they tried to ram it through with no quorum in the hopes that they could make mischief with it or force a vote later on the merits.  This type of heterosexual hysteria deployed to punish the good people of the  Uganda LGBT community, their families, friends and associates is  political brutality. Why do  heterosexuals in Uganda need to scapegoat their LGBT Ugandan neigbors?  Nazis brutalized the LGBT community along with others and created their infamous killing machine:  in concentration camps for millions of people who were killed and worked to death.  Always beware of how the minority is treated today because you may be next tomorrow.  

  •  Seriously good news! (1+ / 0-)
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    Brown Thrasher

    I had not heard this, thank you so much for diarying it.

    Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

    by high uintas on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 07:32:34 PM PDT

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