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Uganda to officially pass ‘Kill The Gays’ bill

4:17 pm - 11/12/2012
Uganda will officially pass the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill at the end of this year despite international criticism.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said the anti-gay bill will become law by December since most Ugandans ‘are demanding it’.

Referring to the law as a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, she spoke of ‘the serious threat’ posed by homosexuals.

The law will broaden the criminalization of same-sex relationships by dividing homosexuality into two categories; aggravated homosexuality and the offense of homosexuality.

‘Aggravated homosexuality’ is defined as gay acts committed by parents or authority figures, HIV-positive people, pedophiles and repeat offenders. If convicted, they will face the death penalty.

The ‘offense of homosexuality’ includes same-sex sexual acts or being in a gay relationship, and will be prosecuted by life imprisonment.

Originally put to government in 2009, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill had been temporarily shelved because of international criticism.

Several European countries have threatened to cut aid to Uganda if it passes, with the UK government warning Uganda it would face severe reductions in financial help.

US President Barack Obama has described it as ‘odious’, and Canadian politician John Baird has said it is ‘vile, abhorrent, and offends decency’.

Uganda lawmaker Atim Ogwal Cecilia Barbara has even suggested there should be a continent-wide ban on homosexuality, saying all African gay people should be jailed for life.

Gay rights activist David Kato was murdered in Uganda in January 2011 shortly after a local newspaper published images of him and other gay people under a headline urging readers to ‘hang them.’

Despite this, Uganda’s LGBT community held a weekend of gay pride events this summer.

According to a 2010 survey by The Pew Research Center, homosexuality is morally unacceptable to 89% of Ugandans.

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lantean_breeze 12th-Nov-2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
This is so bad. A much better "Christian gift" would be to love thy neighbor. Just a thought.
mskye 12th-Nov-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
If Jesus was real he'd surely be appalled.
ellonwye 12th-Nov-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Bye, Uganda's aid.
moonshaz 12th-Nov-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
fierceleaf 12th-Nov-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
I blame the religion. I can't imagine how hard is to live in Africa and religion must be the obvious treatment for grief... with horrible side effects.
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yeats 12th-Nov-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
plz define "a socially backwards place."
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kaelstra 12th-Nov-2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
This is awful. :(
jessyryan 12th-Nov-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
mskye 12th-Nov-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
i'm gonna puke
astragalizo 12th-Nov-2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'd like to remind anyone who feels like making comments about "backward" people in "backward places" that the bill seems to have been orchestrated by an educated white dude from totally fantastic ~*first world*~ country:

mskye 12th-Nov-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
I believe Chic-Fil-A donated money towards this bill as well, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
the_physicist 12th-Nov-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm unsure about this source? I don't think it's correct...

1) It doesn't mention that President can still veto the bill. Which is probably what is going to happen.

2) Can someone verify that the death penalty was really put in place? I had heard that that was in the original draft, but didn't pass due to international pressure. It was revised to life imprisonment. Also, what this article fails to mention is that the bill goes so far as to mean that gay Ugandans can be prosecuted under this law even if they have sex abroad - that they may be extradited to face charges at home (unless that also got changed in a revision?!) Also being an ally is being criminalized.

3) The article also doesn't mention that this is a very comprehensive bill, inspired by evangelical Christians from America who are clearly not content with them not being able to do what they want with the laws in the US. They wanted a war against LGBT+ folk, they were losing in the US, so they deciding to stoke up homophobia in Uganda.
teacoat 12th-Nov-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the extra info.
kitanabychoice 12th-Nov-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
I just can't wrap my head around this today, it's too awful.
strixluna 12th-Nov-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
That's depressing :(
crossfire 12th-Nov-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
wtf is up with some of these comments, jesus.
bluelarkspur 12th-Nov-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
If their religion is real, I can't wait for these guys to meet Jesus "the judgements you give are the judgements you will get" Christ face to face.
jettakd 12th-Nov-2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Brought to you by Chick-fil-a.

So anyone here who still eats there? Yeah.
bushy_brow 13th-Nov-2012 01:53 am (UTC)
But their food is sooooooooo goooooooood! *rme*
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