Tunisian justice minister seeks repeal of gay sex ban

This is a ground-breaking news, it really demonstrate that countries can repeal antigay laws so that adults consenting who are in committed samesex relationship can live in peace without any governments interference and infringement to their rights to privacy and their pursuit of happiness

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Mohamed Salah ben Aissa, Tunisian justice minister (Photo courtesy of BusinessNews.com.tn) Mohamed Salah ben Aissa, Tunisian justice minister (Photo courtesy of BusinessNews.com.tn)

Tunisia’s justice minister yesterday called for repeal of the country’s law against male-male sexual relations.

Mohamed Salah Ben Aissa said Article 230, which provides for three years in prison for consensual sex between men, is one of several laws that are inconsistent with the country’s new, progressive Constitution.

During an interview on the ShemsFM radio station, Ben Aissa said that the legislature should repeal Article 230 out of respect for individual freedoms and privacy.

His remarks came at a time with Tunisia is the focus of international criticism for a one-year prison sentence imposed Sept. 22 on a 22-year-old student convicted of sodomy.

Graphic from Shams, which seeks the repeal of Tunisia's Article 230. Graphic from the Tunisian advocacy group Shams, which seeks the repeal of Article 230.

Baabu Badr, president of the Damj Association for Justice and Equality, welcomed Ben Aissa’s statement, but noted that taking that…

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