Friday, 4 January 2013

Times: Briton has gay play case dropped
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 17:35 by PA

A British theatre producer arrested for staging a pro-gay play has had the case against him dismissed by a Ugandan court.

Frank Mugisha, a gay rights activist, said today the move was a sign that the rights of sexual minorities will be respected by Uganda's courts even though homosexuality is banned there.

Draft legislation that once contained the death penalty for some gay acts created an outcry from rights groups around the world.

The court dismissed the charge of disobedience against David Cecil whose play showed the dilemma an openly gay man is confronted with in a country with anti-gay laws.

He said he won't put on the play in Uganda again but may show it in the US, Kenya, South Africa and the UK.

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