Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill, Explained

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin has done an excellent job at parsing Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality (aka "kill the gays") bill, explaining just what's in it:

UgandaClause By Clause With Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill:

Clauses 1 and 2: Anybody Can Be Gay Under the Law. The definition of what constitutes “homosexual act” is so broad that just about anyone can be convicted.
Clause 3: Anyone Can Be “Liable To Suffer Death”. And you don’t even have to be gay to be sent to the gallows.
Clause 4: Anyone Can “Attempt to Commit Homosexuality”. All you have to do is “attempt” to “touch” “any part of of the body” “with anything else” “through anything” in an act that does “not necessarily culminate in intercourse.”
Clauses 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10: How To Get Out Of Jail Free. The bill is written to openly encourage — and even pay — one partner to turn state’s evidence against another.
Clauses 7, 11, and 14: Straight People In The Crosshairs. Did you think they only wanted to jail gay people? They’re also targeting family members, doctors, lawyers, and even landlords.
Clause 12: Till Life Imprisonment Do You Part. And if you officiate a same-sex wedding, you’ll be imprisoned for up to three years. So much for religious freedom.
Clause 13: The Silencing of the Lambs. All advocacy — including suggesting that the law might be repealed — will land you in jail. With this clause, there will be no one left to defend anyone.
Clause 14: The Requirement Isn’t To Report Just Gay People To Police. It’s To Report Everyone. Look closely: the requirement is to report anyone who has violated any the bill’s clauses.
Clauses 16 and 17: The Extra-Territorially Long Arm of Ugandan Law. Think you’re safe if you leave the country? Think again.
Clause 18: We Don’t Need No Stinking Treaties. The bill not only violates several international treaties, it also turns the Ugandan constitution on its head.
Clauses 15 and 19: The Establishment Clauses For The Ugandan Inquisition. These clauses empower the Ethics and Integrity Minister to enforce all of the bill’s provisions. He’s already gotten a head start.

The bill cleared a key committee late last week and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said she wants it passed before Parliament wraps up its session on December 15.


  1. says

    I’d really like to know what positive action the UN Human Rights Committee has taken against Uganda for promoting this flagrant violation of its International Obligations under the Human Rights Charter.

    I would also like to know what proposals there are :
    (a) to cut off all aid whatsoever;
    (b) to withdraw diplomatic representation;
    (c) to bring a resolution before the General assambly of the UN and/or the Security Council condemning this bigot country;
    (c) for the European Union to denounce this long threatened piece of religious manipulative prejudice;
    (d) to hear from all the Churches condemning this proposed waffle legislation; where are the statements from Baptists / from Evangelical Protestant churches ?……these are the instigators of the very hatred which these ignorant Ugandans now believe.
    (e) to impose immediate and comprehensive sanctions on all exports and imports into that morass of bigotry.

    On another issue:
    Anyone who ever quotes Leviticus again should be given twenty years hard labour for sheer intolerable ignorance…..yes, that includes you Fred Phelps….you senile old fart.

  2. says

    If this bill passes there has to be international economic repercussions. If not, we should scream bloody hell to those that represent us in office. In America, that includes President Obama.

    LGBT advocacy groups, are you listening?


  3. HadenoughBS says

    The Ugandan parliament says “sodomy is a sin”? No, what’s a sin is Uganda passing this law and becoming one of the most hate-filled governments on the planet. And those American “Christian” homophobes who abetted this passage, just like the Ugandan government, should be shunned by all freedom-loving peoples everywhere. Approval of this bill into law should place Uganda on the USA’s pariah states’ list with no further aid of any type from this country or any organization in which we have a say.

  4. Cox says

    Even prior to passage, the bill is a great political tool. It allows Museveni and supporters of the bill to keep political opponents in check. Secondly, by seemingly thumbing their noses at international aid from “decadent wealthy nations”, these politicians appeal to the baser nationalist instincts of the populace. A win-win situation… until it’s actually implemented. Which is why it probably won’t ever pass.

  5. says

    They want to play it that way? Fine. Just drug every male in their government and pose them naked together to look like they’re having a gay orgy. Then you photograph it, print it on flyers and have them dropped all over Uganda.

    By their own law, they’ll have to kill each other. They get to kill “gays” and we’ll be rid of horrible wastes of skin. It’s a win-win!

  6. Hollywood, CA says

    Dear Closeted Gays in Uganda,

    Use your extra gay craftiness to turn their horrible rules against them. If all they need is a little proof, photoshop some key officials heads onto some gay porn and spread it throughout the city… create fake email accounts with their names and start chatting on gay websites, then “leak” the emails to the Ugandan press. Target your biggest opponents until they are all in jail, then take action to change things.

    Meanwhile, plan on the US cutting all financial aid to your bosses… that in itself may change their mind.

    When all else fails, learn a trade and get the hell out of that awful country. Set up in another tolerable country and begin to send for your loved ones…

  7. says

    This doesn’t sound like an anti-gay law; it sounds like a “legal” catch-all for a “legalized” genocide. The government just wants a law it can abuse to permanently eliminate anyone who opposes it!

  8. Agonostic Ugandan says

    I am a Ugandan. Let me start by saying I find all your comments shallow and annoying. I have nothing against homosexuals or any sexuality for that matter. I would love for my country to be a comfortable place for anyone. But, to say that you should cut aid to Uganda is laughable. The UK no longer talks much about cutting aid to Uganda since a letter our president wrote to then finance minister Gordon Brown explaining how the UK gains 10 times more from our coffee the money they give us for aid. Your government only forces aid upon Africa to keep a hand in the cookie jar. They shall and will never stop as long as the Africans don’t fight it.

    The West seems to have forgotten their forefather’s antics in taming Africans. You shalt not fight fire with fire; well maybe with holy fire. See, the very religious ethics that my shallow brothers are using against homosexuals came from the West. It’s funny how they are holding onto it. Africans shall always react strongly with fight if anything is imposed upon them. The West is reaping what they sowed, but there’s no need to worry, maybe you should prune and re-fertilize the garden.

  9. Godfrey Mugerwa says

    we are all the same . there is no need to judge others becuz of the do . every one is equally no mater what .so let every one live his or her own life

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