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The law criminalising such sexual activity applied to both men and women.Initially, its application was limited to men only (similar to other colonies of the British Empire), however, a Botswana court found this to be discriminatory and that the law should apply to women as well.In July 2019, the Government of Botswana appealed the High Court ruling.
Anal intercourse and sexual relations between women also occurred, though more rarely.
Carmel Rickard, legal columnist at the University of Cape Town, writing for the African Legal Information Institute, said, "The impact of this finding is significant and could well mean that the local LGBTI will have an even stronger, constitutionally-based argument for any further challenge to discrimination.
It also has the effect that, thanks to judicial interpretation, Botswana's constitution now joins that of South Africa in outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation."On the basis of the formulated rules of constitutional construction or interpretation, I have no qualms whatsoever in determining that the word 'sex' in Section 3 is wide enough to include and capture 'sexual orientation', as I hereby determine.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Botswana face legal issues not experienced by non-LGBT citizens.
Both female and male same-sex sexual acts have been legal in Botswana since 11 June 2019 after a unanimous ruling by the High Court of Botswana.