By Edward Mukaro
South African based Zimbabwean actress, LGBTQIA+ rights visual activist/ activist and human rights advocate has described the upliftment of the ban on same sex marriage in Botswana as, “…a joyful moment in the LGBTI+ community, as it brings hope…”
A Botswana court today ruled against what it called a “discriminatory” law that forbid same sex marriage adding that, “”Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized.”
Speaking in an exclusively interview with Zim24News soon after the famous ruling, Wakapila said the gay community has been misunderstood for a long time and that it is high time that all other states followed suit.
“Listen our community have been misinterpreted and ill spoken of for generations and years Botswana lifting the ban law on same sex partnering in consent has just put in words a lesson to many homophobic nations that if its consensual between adults why should it be a crime because nobody is being forced.”
She added that lgbtqia+ community was talking a step at a time to reach its goals to be fully recognized in the southern African region.
“Also we are taking it one SADC country at a time until its no choice, but to make it a human right to love,” she said.
South Africa was the first country in Africa to allow same sex marriage, while many other nations on the continent are too reluctant to allow same sex marriages, as some deem it as going against their ancestry and religious beliefs.