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More than 80 countries around the world still criminalize consensual homosexual conduct ... More than half those countries have these laws because they once were British colonies. ... It was a colonial attempt to set standards of behavior, both to reform the colonized and to protect the colonizers against moral lapses. ...
In recent decades, judges, public figures and political leaders have defended [these] laws as citadels of nationhood and cultural authenticityHomosexuality, they now claim, comes from the colonizing West. They forget the West brought in the first laws enabling governments to forbid and repress it. ... Much of this fierce opposition stem[s] from Christian churches—themselves, of course, hardly homegrown in their origins.
Human Rights Watch: This Alien Legacy – The Origins of “Sodomy” Laws in British Colonialism (via Boka)
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