The lower house in the central African nation of Burundi has passed legislation making homosexuality a federal crime.

The legislation, which must first be approved by Burundi’s senate, is part of a sweeping reform of the country’s legal system that for the first time abolishes the death penalty and creates laws on genocide.

The new law also protect women and children from all forms of violence – especially sexual violence.

This is so typical of a widely held moral code, allowing progressive change and regressive change to happen at the same time. Nothing like that would ever happen in this country, of course…

details here.


  1. #1 Happy Spirochete
    November 28, 2008

    And why the hell can’t our own religious zealots see that they are no different? Hell, they Prop 8 supporters probably think Burundi is onto something. Now if they could only find a way to include stoning…

  2. #2 Robert Jase
    November 28, 2008

    so what’s the penalty? Not getting to share a cell with someone named Bubba?

  3. #3 Ramel
    November 29, 2008

    I had a great uncle who got sent to prison back in the fifties when being gay was still illegal here in the UK. So for having sex with a man, they locked him in a confined space with a group of men some of which had not had seen a woman for years. Apparently he cried when they released him…..

    Glad to see they’re getting rid of the death penalty, although I’m still not quite willing to call it a complete victory for civilisation.

  4. #4 the real Eleusine
    December 1, 2008

    Ahh! For naught…if only they could get back to some of the more homogenous, original practises of Burundi: like feminist approved maternal infant masturbation, and clitormegaly….