Gay rights advocates face risks in Cameroon as lawmakers consider bill to criminalize same-sex marriage
- Year: 2012
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In Cameroon, an appeals court has upheld the sentencing of a man to three years in prison for being guilty of homosexuality. The offense: sending a text message to another man expressing his love. According to the AP, the 32 year old man, Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, had already served a year and a half in prison and was released provisionally in July. The decision came Monday. He has 10 days to file an appeal. The ruling in Cameroon comes as lawmakers have introduced a new bill to the national assembly that would criminalize same-sex marriage and strengthen existing laws against homosexuality. FSRN’s Ngala Killian Chimtom reports from Yaounde.