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Ethiopia next in line to pass anti-homosexuality bill in Africa

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Ethiopia's national symbol--The Lion of Judah


by Joseph Earnest  March 25, 2014


Newscast Media ADDIS ABABAAfrican countries are protecting themselves from what they believe is the influence of some of the negative aspects of Western culture, by passing laws that may be offensive to the West.


Ethiopia is now set to pass its own version of the anti-gay bill that was endorsed last week by the cabinet, and is widely expected to pass when MPs put it to a vote next week.

In Ethiopia, same-sex acts are illegal and punishable by up to 15 years in prison. A 25-year jail term is also prescribed for anyone convicted of infecting another person with HIV during same-sex acts.

Ethiopia's president often pardons thousands of prisoners during the Ethiopian New Year. If the bill becomes law, the president will lose his power to pardon prisoners who faced charges ranging from homosexuality to terrorism, according to a report by ABC News. (pop-up)

It would not be far-fetched to envisage an anti-gay bill taken before the African Union for a vote, as a way of African leaders demonstrating solidarity toward one another.  Add Comments>>













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