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Uganda to drop death penalty from anti-gay legislation

Uganda anti-gayUganda will drop the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays in a refined version of an anti- gay bill expected to be ready for presentation to Parliament in two weeks, according to James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity, reports Bloomberg.

The draft bill, which is under consideration by a parliamentary committee, will drop the two punishments to attract the support of religious leaders who are opposed to these penalties, Buturo said today in a phone interview from the capital, Kampala.

Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati presented a private member’s bill on Oct. 14 which sought the death penalty and life imprisonment for gay people in the country.

The Ugandan government supports the bill because homosexuality and lesbianism are “repugnant to the Ugandan culture,” Buturo said.

Still, it favors a more refined set of punishments, he said.

Full story from Bloomberg.

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