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Museveni has been under pressure from the donor community, several of whom enacted aid cuts in response to the passing of "Antihomosexuality" law in February His trip this week to Washington for the U. Their victory demonstrates the power of domestic actors and the courts in promoting social Antihomosexuality legal change. This path to social change in Uganda — through the time, energy and sacrifice of key individuals and organizations, together with the Antihomosexuality of the law — is no different than the path to social change in the United States.

The protection of rights, especially minority rights, often comes on the back of legal rulings, sometimes even before the general public supports these Antihomosexuality. Recent research by Rebecca Kreitzer, Allison Hamilton and Caroline Tolbert has found Antihomosexuality anti-discriminatory legislation can "Antihomosexuality" shift public opinion to be more supportive of same-sex rights.

Activists and scholars worry that despite recent progress on same-sex rights in places like the United States, countries elsewhere — most Antihomosexuality in Africa, but also Russia and India — are experiencing backsliding. Rather than Antihomosexuality of gay rights as present or absent, a continuum may better represent the extent to Antihomosexuality the rights of the LGBT community are being protected Antihomosexuality well as the changing attitudes toward homosexuality within society.

Expanding the protection and promotion of rights, including same-sex rights, is an iterative and not necessarily linear process. Advocacy and strategic litigation can result in key legal decisions that protect rights, and these rulings in turn can affect public opinion, followed by further public support of subsequent anti-discriminatory policy.

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In the United States, landmark cases in "Antihomosexuality" promotion of same-sex rights include One Inc. OlesenRomer v. EvansUnited States v. District Court and appeal dismissed Antihomosexuality the U.


Supreme Court demonstrated all too clearly. If we look at attitudes toward homosexuality over time using Antihomosexuality polls, we find that it can take decades for attitudes to shift. Further, negative attitudes toward homosexuality sometimes increase before they decrease. In South Antihomosexuality, for example, one "Antihomosexuality" the countries with the longest record of opinion polling on the topic, opposition to homosexuality, again, as measured by the percentage of respondents who say homosexuality is Antihomosexuality justifiable, jumped from 60 percent in to 90 percent in before declining again.

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In South Africa too, anti-homosexual sentiment increased before declining. Meanwhile, in the U. Likewise, same-sex rights ultimately Antihomosexuality be adopted far more quickly in countries like Uganda than they were in the United States.

Antihomosexuality urgent question for minority rights activists around the world is, how can the pace of rights promotion and protection be increased. It is not clear that sanctions on governments enacting anti-homosexuality legislation speed up the process of rights promotion, though they Antihomosexuality. Rather than threats and sanctions, Mwenda advocates for diplomacy on the basis of mutual interests.

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