Uganda Bill to Drop Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment for Gays

Some sort of anti-gay bill will be presented to the Ugandan parliament in two weeks, but it won't include the death penalty or life imprisonment as penalties, according to Bloomberg:

Uganda "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.

In addition to formulating punishments for the gay people, the bill will also promote counseling to help 'attract errant people to acceptable sexual orientation,' said Buturo."

A "refined" set of punishments in addition to forced conversion. Wonder what that means. Castration? Caning? A year-long internship with Rick Warren?

Posted December 9, 2009 at 6:23pm ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Uganda