On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Venezuela invalidated a contentious section of the military justice law that had made homosexuality a crime within the armed forces.
According to the court’s website, the provision was invalidated because it lacked “sufficient clarity and legal precision with regard to the behavior it meant to punish.” It had allowed for a punishment of up to three years in prison.
The statement claimed that the order had demanded punishment for military personnel who engaged in “sexual actions against nature,” but did not specify what that meant.
According to the court, the article was incompatible with both constitutional advancements and human rights advancements.
LGBTQ people in Venezuela, a conservative country, applauded the decision.
“After so many years of struggle we have achieved the nullity of the article of the military justice code,” activist Leandro Viloria told our correspondent.
One expelled military officer who spoke to our correspondent stated that the revocation of the article gives him the opportunity to ask for his reinstatement after the military found out he was gay.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said, “Now it is a matter of judging if given that situation my reinstatement occurs — at least with this the dread will leave.