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Uganda’s infamous ‘Kill the Gays’ bill reintroduced in parliament

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Uganda’s infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill — dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill — was reintroduced in parliament on Tuesday. The original version of the bill, first introduced in 2009, included harsh penalties, including the the death penalty for some homosexual acts.

The bill, authored by MP David Bahati, was intended to strengthen Uganda’s already-harsh laws against homosexuality, but instead received worldwide condemnation from many countries including the U.S., and LGBT and human rights advocacy groups.

Though widely supported in Uganda, the bill’s has remained in limbo since last May, when parliament adjourned without debating or voting on the controversial bill.

The proposed legislation, in its orginal form, called for the death penalty for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. “Serial offenders” also would face capital punishment. Anyone convicted of a homosexual act would face life imprisonment.

The bill could also lead to the imprisonment for up to three years of anyone, including heterosexual people, who fail to report within 24 hours the identities of anyone they know who is LGBT, or who supports the human rights of people who are.

Bahati had announced last year that the death penalty clause had been removed from the bill, although no new version was ever publicly released.

Uganda is one of more than 35 African nations that have outlawed homosexuality.

Human rights activists say Uganda, with a population of 31 million, has an estimated 500,000 gays and lesbians, and that the LGBT community continues to live in fear.

Bahati has said that homosexuality poses a serious threat to family values and that his bill has helped raise public awareness about what he calls “the dangers to our children.”

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23 more reader comments:

  1. REMOVE “ALL” AID TO THE COUNTRY

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 9:58am
  2. THIS IS SICK.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:00am
  3. boycott uganda

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:01am
  4. Not cool! We had Rev. Kiyimba from Kampala, Uganda speak on our campus about all this. He is the reverend of an open and affirming church there and has gotten lots of governmental back lash for his stance on lgbt issues. So he is currently traveling around the US trying to seek support from people until it is safe for him to go back,

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:01am
  5. Wtf what is with these people, there are real issues effecting these countries which they chose not to address but chose to deny equality to another human being.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:03am
  6. fuck africa… i dont care what anybody says, that place is a hell hole, and needs to be cleaned out.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:03am
  7. Uganda and all countries who have these kind of laws should have their voting power stripped at the United Nations just on general purposes since the UN now recognizes that LGBT rights are human rights.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:04am
  8. … Did you really just suggest genocide on another continent? Wow.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:06am
  9. Aids is rampant among both hetero and homo people in african countries, and the gays are the ones getting the boot…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:06am
  10. I believe in Karma.. may it raise up and bite all the close minded homophobic idiots involved in this ruling. They themselves are unworthy of love.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:07am
  11. going backwards…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:08am
  12. really think we were back in late 30′s early 40′s of WW2! sad to think we would die to be our selves in Uganda. so wrong!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:09am
  13. thats sooo stupid!!i think that is horriable :9

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:09am
  14. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:09am
  15. Again? Are you kidding me?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:19am
  16. Gerald i knw its wrong what they doing about homosexuals in Uganda but u didn’t have 2 say that “hell hole”!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:32am
  17. Who the fuck “liked” this?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:35am
  18. love is love bunch of hatefull bastards have nothing more pressing in a third world country to do than mess with free will..jackasses!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:39am
  19. Don’t move there, seems easy enough…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:53am
  20. Seriously??????????????????? OMG!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:59am
  21. Cut off all aid. They don’t deserve another fucking cent of it.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 11:58am
  22. Living in America I am so happy because I can truly be myself and not killed for it

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 2:12pm
  23. Uganda has long been well known for its Progressive social, economic and political agendas. NOT

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 2:40pm