Uganda's anti-gay laws thrown out by court

Friday 01 August 2014 12:40

A court in Uganda has thrown out laws that severely discriminate against and actively criminalise gay people.

But the constitutional court did not rule on the anti-gay measures themselves, which could see people jailed for gay sex, instead judging it invalid because an insufficient number of MPs were present when it was passed last year before being enacted by president Yoweri Museveni in February.

Despite international outcry over the legislation, the laws have widespread support within the east African country.

The AP news agency reported loud cheers breaking out in the courtroom when it was announced the law was "null and void".