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Uganda Speaker gets blessing from Pope; still no vote on ‘kill the gays’ bill

Friday, December 14, 2012

VATICAN CITY — Uganda Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who last month promised that her country’s anti-homosexuality bill would be approved as a “Christmas gift” to the nation, received a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI during a mass attended by at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Kadaga led a delegation of Ugandan legislators to the Vatican, and expressed delight at meeting the Pope and visiting St Peter’s Basilicca, according to the Uganda’s Parliament website.

“I think this is a moment that cannot be repeated. We have been reading about him, hearing stories about St.Peter’s Basilica but now we are here physically. I think it is something that I will remember all my life. Its a very great moment and I thank God for this opportunity,” Kadaga said minutes after meeting the Pope.

In November, Kadaga said that the controversial anti-homosexuality bill, dubbed the “Kill the Gays Bill,” will pass by the end of the year, but Uganda’s parliament has yet to take up the measure.

“Ugandans want that law as a Christmas gift. They have asked for it and we’ll give them that gift,” Kadaga told Reuters on Nov. 13.

The bill, originally introduced in 2009 by MP David Bahati, includes a clause which calls for the death penalty against people found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality” — defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a “serial offender.” It also imposes harsher jail terms for homosexual acts, including a life sentence in certain circumstances.

But one LGBT activist in Uganda said Thursday that the bill could die a procedural death as early as this weekend.

Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), said he believes the Ugandan Parliament may break up for the year without passing the notorious bill.

Unless Kadaga asks for an extension of the current session, the bill will fail without a vote when lawmakers break up for the year on Saturday, he said.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. Good old Cathotic Church, being noble and free.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:56am
  2. Eeeeeevil

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:57am
  3. This is just disgusting!!

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:57am
  4. so them pervet,s can molest more young boy,s.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:58am
  5. Fuck the child rapist supporter and enabler. And fuck those ignorant intolerant Africans.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:00am
  6. I’m Catholic but, I dislike the stupid Pope though. -_-

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:00am
  7. Sick, no wonder everyone is leaving that evil church. Do priests getting caught with children get exempted?

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:01am
  8. This is just disgusting!!

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:02am
  9. WHAT????

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:02am
  10. I think when jesus comes back the popes throne will be shattered i doubt god is happy the pope sits on a throne while kids starve and die

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:03am
  11. Child molders can walk around free but if your gay your put to death is that pretty much what I just read or am I so damn tired I’m reading more into it.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:04am
  12. As we know, the pope is evil

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:09am
  13. God doesn’t pay attention to anything negative, god pays attention to anything positive.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:10am
  14. sick and wrong side of history!

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:15am
  15. He’s no better.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:18am
  16. Completely wrong. The pope has no legitimacy anymore.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:20am
  17. The worst Pope so far!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:21am
  18. The very definition of evil.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:39am
  19. Evil and evil, hand in hand.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12:05pm
  20. Bulls*** ! Delusional is what they are; and yes, I am including the Pope and all of the others who think they can kill off anyone who doesn’t live by their rules.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12:11pm
  21. Bend over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12:11pm
  22. One homophobe to another.

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12:21pm
  23. Ignorant asses

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12:32pm
  24. im saddend by this it brings tears to my eyes

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:08pm
  25. Oh, come on your Holiness! For God’s sake, do your job- you are in a posiiton of authority to say it’s wrong to kill people. Use it! I bet he’s just too scared of the reactions from the more sanguine members of the Church. Well fuck that! Jesus didn’t want anybody to be executedd- he stopped someone being executed for adultery, something far worse on the list than homosexuality! If you have any kind of heart, for God’s sake, intervene!

    Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:20pm