Uganda anti-gay law overturned

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/01/uganda-anti-gay-law-null-and-void

At least for the time being, the new law allowing up to life in prison for being gay has been stopped. It was voided on the technicality of there not having been a quorum voting and not on the actual merits, but it’s still a good start.

Well, it gives the Ugandan president an opportunity to improve relations with Western nations, while still maintaining face with his constituents. And it gives the U.S. a chance to keep supporting Uganda without looking too bad. Will it actually help gay Ugandans? My impression was that the law was mostly a reflection of the widespread attitude already in place.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/01/the-uganda-ruling-is-good-for-everyone-but-gays.html

I agree that it could get worse, certainly. But even with their completely backwards societal attitudes, having the government step in with life sentences doesn’t help.