Homophobia in sub-Saharan Africa has reached “dangerous levels” with more countries passing laws criminalizing same-sex relations according to a report released by Amnesty International. The rights group said homophobic attitudes and attacks on gays were in some cases “fueled by key politicians and religious leaders who should be using their position to fight discrimination and promote equality.” The report says Africa’s strict penal codes were initially imposed by colonial rulers, based on Christian moral values. Homosexuality is illegal in 38 countries in the region, with South Africa the only country that recognizes gay rights and allows same-sex marriage. However, even protection by the country’s liberal laws has not stopped harassment.
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