Cook Islands  decriminalised homosexuality

In a historic move, the Cook Islands has become the latest country to decriminalise homosexuality. 

The LGBTQI+ residents in the South Pacific island state are now celebrating after the parliament voted to remove a law that prohibited "indecent acts between males". 

The newly introduced Crimes Amendment Bill, which will come into effect on 1 June, nullifies and removes the law. 

The bill also notes that the decriminalisation is a result of growing acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in the Cook Islands. 

The LGBTQ+ community in the country has hailed the move as a significant step towards equality and inclusion.

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