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Except unlike Miss California Carrie Prejean, who came in second for the Miss USA Crown, Sumaiyah Marope’s stance on gay folks won her the Miss Botswana title. When asked her position on same-sex relationships, she called them an “unnatural act,” adding, God made us men and women [… ] It is only proper for men to have relationships with women as God created us.” The crowd applauded. Which shouldn’t surprise you.

In Botswana, gay couples cannot get married. GLBTs are not protected against discrimination. And having sex? It’s a crime. Right there in Chapter 08:01 of Penal Code 13 (link, PDF) you’ll learn what happens if you violate “the order of nature”:

Section 164. Unnatural offences

“Any person who;
(a) has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature;
(b) has carnal knowledge of any animal; or
(c) permits any other person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature,
is guilty of an offences and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years.”

Section 165. Attempts to commit unnatural offences

“Any person who attempts to commit any of the offences specified in section 164 is guilty of an
offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.”

Section 167. Indecent practices between persons

“Any person who, whether in public or private, commits any act of gross indecency with another
person, or procures another person to commit any act of gross indecency with him or her, or
attempts to procure the commission of any such act by any person with himself or herself or with
another person, whether in public or private, is guilty of an offence.”