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Ugandan Lawmaker Bahati Refuses to Withdraw 'Kill the Gays' Bill Despite Government Pressure

David Bahati, the sponsor of Uganda's "kill the gays" bill, said he won't withdraw the bill despite pressure from other government officials, most notably Minister of State for Investment Aston Kajara, who yesterday said the government would talk to Bahati about withdrawing it.

Uganda's Daily Monitor reports:Bahatie

The State Minister for Investments, Mr Aston Kajara, yesterday said the government was looking at the Bill with the possibility of withdrawing it. “The government’s official position is that we have enough laws to cover homosexuality acts,” Mr Kajara said. “Government did not sponsor this Bill. It is a private member’s Bill. The government is studying it and we may talk to the honourable Member of Parliament (David Bahati) to consider withdrawing it.”

The AP is now reporting:

The Ugandan lawmaker who proposed a bill that would give some gays the death penalty said Friday he will refuse any request to withdraw the legislation after a minister said the government would ask him to.

Lawmaker David Bahati said he felt the bill is necessary in the conservative East African country. On Thursday, Minister of State for Investment Aston Kajara said the government would ask Bahati to scrap the bill because they fear backlash from foreign investors. The bill, which Bahati proposed in September, has provoked criticism from gay-rights groups and protests in London, New York and Washington.

"I stand by the bill," Bahati said. "I will not withdraw it. We have our children in schools to protect against being recruited into (homosexuality). The process of legislating a law to protect our children against homosexuality and defending our family values must go on."

PArliament is scheduled to take up the bill in late February or early March.

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  1. Bhati is saying exactly what those American fundamentalists taught him to. This is the Unganda's Final Solution for gays.

    The American religious right has shown its true face by inspiring his contempt and his homicidal frenzy.

    Posted by: elcamino | Jan 8, 2010 8:43:33 AM

  2. When is the mainstream media going to use the "g" word? Genocide.

    These savages (and the savages in the U.S. who used them) want us all DEAD: they are hateful and should be stopped.

    Cut funding for Uganda NOW.
    Cut tax exemption status for any U.S. church interfering in politics NOW.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 8, 2010 8:58:39 AM

  3. The issue with this is that when you have a huge percentage of people, mainly the republican party and some Dems as we saw in New York, showing great dislike for gay people at aint gonna get US govt intervention at all.

    Europe may be a lot of things and the UK is pretty conservative but as if the idea of gays getting rights or being able to marry would have us get the people to vote? Only in the US.

    The US has spawned this zealous American evangelists.

    The only way the US can even help would be from a lgbt organisation getting involved. Have HRC said anything? Are they not international?

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 8, 2010 9:29:46 AM

  4. Who wants to break the news to Bahati that the vast majority of child molestation cases involve a heterosexual adult? He needs to start thinking about how he plans to "protect the children" from straight people too.

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 8, 2010 10:27:47 AM

  5. And there you go: Only one person is responsible for this "kill the gays" bill - this savage Bahati guy.

    Everyone else has disowned the legislation including the U.S. political and religious figures inaccurately accused of hand-writing the legislation themselves.

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Jan 8, 2010 12:27:03 PM

  6. And you all think I'm nuts when I say that Uganda is the test country for American christian leaders who want us dead, have the courts and christian military to make that happen.

    Bash Back!

    Posted by: New Jersey girl | Jan 8, 2010 6:12:41 PM

  7. Poor David Bahati. What's going to happen to him when his American handlers pull the plug on him? How is he going to look to the people of Uganda and other African nations when they're gone?

    Posted by: BILLOFTHEDESSERT | Jan 10, 2010 2:27:31 PM

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