New law will make clear that security measures cannot be taken against those who engage in ‘vices against nature’
29 JUNE 2015 | BY JOE MORGAN
Gay sex was officially made legal in Mozambique today (29 June).
The southern African nation has officially been added to the list of countries with no law against same-sex relations, 180 days after the government agreed to the revised Penal Code.
Legislators specifically revised the penal code that allowed ‘security measures’ to be taken against people ‘who habitually engage in vices against nature’.
This was used to discriminate against and prosecute LGBTI people that could have sent them to a workhouse for up to three years.
A hangover from when it was colonized for the Portguese, the law was rarely enforced and it was considered by many to be a meaningless clause in the statute books.