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Ugandan Court Drops Case Against Pro-Gay Play, 'The River And The Mountain'

01/03/13 09:38 AM ET EST  AP

KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan court has dismissed a case against a British national arrested for staging a pro-gay play.

Frank Mugisha, a gay rights activists, said Thursday that the dismissal of the case was a sign that the rights of sexual minorities will be respected by Uganda's courts even though homosexuality is banned in Uganda. Draft legislation that once contained the death penalty for some gay acts created an outcry from rights groups around the world.

The court dismissed the charge of disobedience against David Cecil Edward Hugh on Wednesday. Hugh's play showed the dilemma an openly gay man is confronted with in a country with anti-gay laws.

Hugh said he won't show the play in Uganda again but may show it in Washington D.C., Kenya, South Africa and the U.K.

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