The bill was initially present by Member of Parliament David Bahati in April 2009. Since then it has been in the dockets for discussion and passing.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been a strong proponent of passing this bill which has also been presented to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.
Uganda’s anti-homosexual law/bill (“Kill the Gays Bill”) is a legislative proposal that would broaden the criminalization of same-sex relations in this country by dividing homosexual behavior in two categories:
in which an offender could receive the death penalty. This is defined to include homosexual acts committed by a person who is HIV +, is a parent or authority figure or who administers intoxicating substances to subjects and/or homosexual acts committed on minors or people with disabilities. It also applies to repeat offenders.
~~Offense of homosexuality~~
defined to include same-sex sexual acts or attempt to commit aggravated homosexuality.
This bill also includes provisions to Ugandans who engage in same – sex relations outside of Uganda – asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda.
Individuals, companies, media organizations or non-governmental organizations that know of gay people or support LGBT rights would also be affected by this bill.
For example, landlords, teachers, employers, children of homosexual parents in 24 hours after gaining knowledge of fact. If any of these fail to do so, they would be considered offenders and be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 250 “currency points” or imprisonment up to three years.
By January 2010, MP Bahati has again asserted that he will not postpone of shelve the bill.
“I will not withdraw it. We have our children in school to protect against being recruited into homosexuality”.
This process must go on to protect our children and to defend our family values.
It’s interesting to note that this bill may already be on a legally unsound footing. In spite of the fact that these laws stem from British colonialism times, Uganda, like other African countries, adopted a very liberal constitution during the neo-liberal reform of the 1990’s. Article 21 of the Ugandan Constitution of 1996 titled Equality and Freedom from discrimination is very explicit in its defense of freedom against discrimination, though it doesn’t cite sexual orientation specifically.
American evangelicals such as Scott Lively and California Pastor Rick Warren have a history of involvement in Uganda where they focus their “missionary work”. Many in Uganda and other countries have lead seminars citing the work of an unlicensed conversion therapist Richard A. Cohen.
Statistics such as the following have been pronounced to be truthful and correct:
Homosexuals are at least 12 more times more likely to molest children than heterosexuals
Homosexual teachers are at least 7 times more likely to molest a pupil; they are estimated to have committed at least 25% of the molestation
40% of the molestation assaults were made by those who engage in homosexuality
The above were statements made on faulty studies performed by Paul Cameron who has been expelled from the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association. Cohen has confirmed their weaknesses, stating that these statistics will be removed when the book is reprinted.
~~OUTING GAY PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA~~
In April 2009, a local newspaper printed the names of suspected homosexuals; another printed an article with “tips” of how to identify gays for the general public. A list of the nation’s 100 “top” gays and lesbians with their photos and addresses was published. Next to the list was a yellow strip with the words “hang them”.
As an example, on January 26, 2011, Uganda’s most prominent gay activist, David Kato was found bludgeoned to death in what authorities characterized as a “robbery”, in very suspicious conditions that haven’t been further investigated.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? YOU MAY ASK …….
A US diplomat reported that the political and economic problems in Uganda were being channeled into “violent hatred” of gay people. David Bahati, Martin Ssempra and James Buturo were primarily responsible for promoting this wave of intolerance.
(MAKES ONE WONDER WHAT THEY HAVE IN THEIR CLOSETS, DOESN’T IT??)
Rachel Maddow, an openly lesbian TV host, has been running a continuing segment on the bill, entitled “Uganda Be Kidding Me” on the Rachel Maddow Show. She has asserted that Richard Cohen has “blood in his hands” for providing false inspiration for the legislation. She has also questioned the truth in Pastor Richard Warren’s statements when he said, in an interview, “it is not my political calling, as a pastor in America, to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations”.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the bill, calling it a product of a campaign by evangelical churches and anti-gay groups that has led to voluntary exile, death threats and physical assaults, including death, against Ugandan suspected of being gay.
Rather than passing this type of bill, Uganda’s Catholic Bishop of Kampala, Cyprian Lwanga, which he considers unnecessary, he has argued that homosexuals should be encouraged to “seek rehabilitation”.
~~well, thank you very much!!!~~
In summary, this bill attempts to broaden laws that are already in existence in Uganda. The fact that this bill doesn’t pass, doesn’t guarantee that the LGBT community in Uganda will be free of persecution, discrimination, physical threats and assaults.
DIDN’T WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE NAZI MOVEMENT AND HOLOCAUST,
FROM THE PERSECUTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE??
WE NEED TO STAND WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF UGANDA ……. PREVENT ANY ATTEMPT TO EVEN THINK ABOUT ANYTHING SIMILAR HAPPENING IN THE USA.
~~Dated February 20, 2024~~
Uganda anti-gay bill reportedly signed into law
Reports have begun to emerge that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday, February 20, 2014, signed a bill that would impose a life sentence upon anyone found guilty of repeated same-sex sexual acts.
Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, on his Twitter page cited “reliable, but not confirmed sources” who indicated Museveni signed the so-called Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
The Ugandan government did not immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request for comment, but it posted a statement on its Facebook page earlier on Thursday about the Anti-Homosexuality Law.
“Government of Uganda reiterates its commitment to uphold and protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons in Uganda as guaranteed by the Constitution,” it reads. “No person shall be prosecuted outside the provisions of the law.”
The Ugandan government also sought to reassure “all Ugandans and the international community of its continued commitment and respect for the rule of law in Uganda.”
News of Museveni potentially signing the bill broke less than a week after President Obama blasted him over the issue.
“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda,” said Obama in a Feb. 16 statement. “It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. It also will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights.”
The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Campaign and other groups have also sharply criticized Ugandan lawmakers who approved the controversial measure late last year. National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweeted on Feb. 16 she spoke “at length” with Museveni and urged him not to sign the bill.
Uganda is among the more than 70 countries in which homosexuality remains criminalized.
The bill is popular in Uganda, one of 37 countries in Africa where homosexuality is illegal. Ugandan gay activists have accused some of their country’s political and religious leaders of being influenced by American evangelicals.
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Anti-homosexual bill in Uganda
Uploaded on Jan 23, 2010
Being gay or lesbian in Uganda is illegal and those who are risk being locked away for up to 14 years.
Now, a new bill recently tabled in parliament wants gay people to face even stiffer penalties and is proposing life imprisonment and even death sentence.
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