INFORMED BY HETEROSEXUAL MORAL NORMS? RAISING SOME MORAL QUESTIONS FOR TRADITIONAL LEADERS, LAWYERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN BOTSWANA

Tshenolo Jennifer Madigele

Abstract


This paper argues that using heterosexual norms on homosexual persons amounts to discriminating against this group. Botswana is among the thirty countries in Africa that criminalize homosexuality and same sex sexual acts. The paper seeks to raise moral questions with regard to how lawyers and the general public in Botswana normalize heteronormativity and discuss the implications heterosexual moral norms on homosexual persons. It argues that, even though equality is a value that is applauded in Botswana, gays are not accorded the same dignity and respect that are rendered to the rest of the community. The paper establishes heterosexual moral norms as a solution against stigmatization against homosexuals in Botswana and proposes Christian ethical directives for equal treatment and good relations between human beings.


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