I met new friends, I learnt a new political vocabulary, I changed my political position, I changed my home and I met my first lover. As a law, it was never put into operation, but its very existence inhibited discussion on it. It was a strange thing to do, because there was not a lot of promotion of homosexuality in public schools at that time but it was nevertheless tremendously significant in that it had an immediate effect in squashing any discussion of homosexuality in schools for the next fifteen years.
Many of these societies are very family and tribe-oriented where family honor is highly regarded. These laws also violate the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Homosexuality is typically a taboo topic among the Mahorais, and many LGBT people have chosen to move to neighbouring Réunion or to metropolitan France.