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Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament claims notorious ‘Kill The Gays’ bill will be passed

Thursday, November 1, 2012

ENTEBBE, Uganda — The Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament has said that she would stand firm against homosexuality, and that she will push for that country’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill to be passed as soon as possible by Parliament.

Speaking at a press conference Monday at Entebbe International Airport, Rebecca Kadaga made the statement after returning to Uganda following the Inter-Parliamentary Union summit, which was held in Quebec, Canada, last week.

At the summit, Kadaga came under heavy criticism from Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird after he blasted Uganda for its appalling LGBTQ equality rights record and widespread homophobic persecutions. Following the exchange, Kadaga accused Baird of being “ignorant” and “arrogant.”

Rebecca Kadaga

Kadaga reacted Monday, telling the press corps and a delegation of anti-gay religious leaders who were there to meet with her at the airport, along with the bill’s sponsor, MP David Bahati, “They said I should stop the debate on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, but I assured them there is no way I can block a private members bill.”

“I will not accept to be intimidated or to be directed by any government in the world because we are independent,” Kadaga told the crowd.

“I will now instruct the chair of the Committee of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to quickly bring the report of the anti-homosexuality bill so that we can discuss it and so that Uganda can take a position.”

“If the price of aid is going to be the promotion of homosexuality in this country,” she said, “I think we don’t want that aid.”

The measure, dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill, was first introduced in 2009, by Bahati, but has yet to gain parliamentary approval.

Sodomy is already illegal in Uganda, punishable by up to 14 years in prison. But this legislation would penalize “aggravated homosexuality” — consensual same-sex acts committed by “repeat offenders,” anyone who is in a position of power, is HIV-positive, or uses intoxicating agents i.e. alcohol in the process — with capital punishment.

The lesser “offense of homosexuality,” also criminalized in the bill, encompasses anyone who engages in a same-sex sexual relationship, enters into a same-sex marriage, or conspires to commit “aggravated homosexuality.”

Several Western nations, including the United Kingdom and Canada, have threatened to revoke foreign aid to Uganda should the measure pass although Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has stated that while he does not support the bill, he stated he believes lawmakers should be allowed to debate it.

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  1. thanks to help from their American ultra-conservative “Christian” supporters and hate spreaders

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:39pm
  2. good god…and americans thought we had problems

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:40pm
  3. I can’t believe people are disgusting and sick enough to actually SUPPORT that idea of killing people! >.>

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:41pm
  4. Can we get rid of the Family’s/K-Street tax exempt status now? This is international terrorism and lack of separation between church and state at the absolute worst level.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:41pm
  5. Guess we’ll all need to open our homes to our gay bros/sisters

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:41pm
  6. It doesn’t matter if you “Agree” or “Disagree” with Homosexuality or not, People are People! >.>

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:41pm
  7. Well Id totally be fu**ed if I lived there. Thank God for the good ol USA!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:42pm
  8. They’ll forever be a thrid world nation.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:42pm
  9. What ignorance and inhumanity….

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:42pm
  10. No respect for life….

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:42pm
  11. what a messed up way the government there thinks

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:43pm
  12. Makes me sad people can feel so much hate :(

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:43pm
  13. Why don’t we just go back to having slaves, and stoning people while we’re at it.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:44pm
  14. Did someone say sanctions?

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:45pm
  15. To me it seems like Stockholm syndrome for people of color, who have been oppressed so prevelantly, to harbor and condone hate! Pitiful!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:47pm
  16. she needs a gay to give her a good makeover.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:47pm
  17. That’s Whoopi right??? A joke???

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:48pm
  18. thats disgusting!! how can you be that full of hate?:( i weep for the fellow gays in Uganda :’(

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:49pm
  19. Watch Karma come back to bite those anti-gay people in the ass when they least expect it.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:49pm
  20. Cut off all AID to this Country…let them be “independent”….

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:49pm
  21. STOP THE AID!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:50pm
  22. They’re no longer a third world nation, to most they’re dead in our eyes…because of the idiots in their parliament and governmental seats.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:51pm
  23. If they can Kill the Gays, they can Kill the Jews or Kill the Whites next…

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:56pm
  24. Very sad for our brothers and sisters in Uganda

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:59pm
  25. Oh, you don’t want that aid? Every child that dies from dysentery from drinking dirty water? They are all YOUR fault. ALL OF THEM. You think your God would be happy about that?

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:59pm
  26. so sad…..

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:04pm
  27. murder makes the murderer. if religious leaders support this. it reflects back on society and its ethics. killing because of differences shows the words evil. and the evil that only mankind bring. there is no satan. only human evil.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:04pm
  28. I can’t even…..

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:19pm
  29. Disgusting.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:33pm
  30. now that is disgusting.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:36pm
  31. I’m sorry, this makes me really weak to the core of my soul. I can’t believe this. If this bill passes so many are gonna die because of something they have no control over. Take AID or not, the lives that are gonna be lost is sad..

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:37pm
  32. I get it…It’s out of spite to assert Uganda’s independence? “”I will not accept to be intimidated or to be directed by any government in the world because we are independent,” Kadaga told the crowd.”

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:38pm
  33. Wow, i’m sure there are so many other issues in their society that they should be worried about and dealing with… what a shame.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:46pm
  34. Cut off their $250m per year and then bomb them into the dark ages, where they already live.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:51pm
  35. Somebody needs to call Sting or Bono and get Amnity International involved! Instead of sending charity or Red Cross aid to this country… how about Bibles with the words “Thou Shalt Not Kill” highlighted in yellow.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:54pm
  36. You do not serve your people well. And should be sent back to the age without choices for women, as you would pass on to all homosexuals.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:10pm
  37. Let UNICEF know what an outrage this is. Send your comments here: http://www.facebook.com/unicefuganda

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:19pm
  38. I’m lolling at Terry’s choice. But this sort of thing does not go unchecked and needs to be preempted with massive amounts of positive action. This sort of thing happens in Iran already.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:33pm
  39. What ashame, killing p’ple b’se of being agay, gay community around the world we need ur support before it starts.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:51pm
  40. Shame on them. Disgusting

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:53pm
  41. Just think how people who are LGBTQ feel in that country. Horrifying! <3 maria <3

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:53pm
  42. Shame on them. Very disappointed.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:25pm
  43. It’s discussing to read this. But I am proud of Canada’s actions / plans to revoke aid to the country.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:58pm
  44. Shame on those people who think it’s okay to not only murder for their screwed-up religious beliefs, but also to sacrifice the lives of their own people as a result. I’m glad the UK is refusing all aid. At some point enough is ENOUGH!
    We need to stop worrying about the countries who are ‘years off creating a nuclear disaster’ and start worrying about the countries who are quite HAPPY and WILLING to put people to death on the basis of their sexual orientation!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:07pm
  45. …………………… this is so stupid!! i dont care what country it is, we are all as in ALL EQUAL HUMAN BEINGS, china,india,africa,usa,egypt, everywhere we are equal nothing should ever be banned against us!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:12pm
  46. we CAN CHANGE THE WORLD but like gandhi said, be the change you wish to see in the world

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:15pm
  47. I can’t even believe this is stilll an issue. Societies like this are the reason homosexuality is still detested and unaccepted in places. Even in the States. I guess it’s a good thing we’re not put to death here, at least.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:20pm
  48. First they came for the fags, next they came for the slavs, then they came for the gypsy’s, then the jews. When they came for me there was nobody left for me to cry out to for help.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:37pm
  49. Evil triumphs when good men fail to act. Cut off the aid now, then use the CIA for regime change.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:38pm
  50. Idiots such haters

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:39pm
  51. They are nazis who hide under the banner of Christianity Im sure my lord Jesus Christ is crying in heaven over this atrocity.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:42pm
  52. just another country that will not receive foreign aid anymore…

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:41pm
  53. Lunacy.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:56pm
  54. Why can’t people understand that accepting love is not “promoting homosexuality”.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:16pm
  55. Heartbroken for fellow LGBT’s! My heart goes out to them. Glad Canada apparently cut off aid to them; sorry for the children! Will message UNICEF maybe mass messaging will put a bump in the road…

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:00am
  56. Let’s solve this with an exchange program. We’ll take all of the GLBT Ugandans and we’ll send them every ignorant conservative jesus-nut in the US. Everybody’s happy! It’s a win-win.

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7:43am
  57. Thank the Lord I live in the US. And not in some places….not that it’s perfect here but we at least have freedom. just goes to show there are bigots all over the world. Uganda should be concerned more about starvation and not the gays!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:28am
  58. Wow, internalization of homophobic British colonial laws at their finest – and the wig to prove it! Giurrl please!!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:02pm