Officials: Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill Not Yet Past Committee

New reports on Ugandan parliamentary activity regarding the "kill the gays" bill  contradict earlier media reports and State Department remarks that the bill had passed a key committee, the Washington Blade reports:

UgandaIn an email to the Washington Blade on Tuesday, an informed source at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala said the bill is still in committee. That contradicts media reports on the bill — which imposes a penalty of life in prison for homosexual acts — that indicated the Legal & Parliamentary Affairs Committee had reported out the bill last week.

Additionally, the embassy source, who asked not to be named, said that the committee can only compile a report on the bill for recommendations to the bill, and can’t make changes to it, such as removing the death penalty provision for “aggravated homosexuality,” which media sources reported has been removed. An earlier version of the bill defined “aggravated homosexuality” as someone with HIV engaging in homosexual acts, having homosexual sex with a minor or the repeated offense of homosexuality.

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Comments

  1. EchtKultig says

    LOL Gary. Good one. Seriously, if this doesn’t help people see anti-gay politics for the farcical scapegoating that it is, nothing will. Homosexuality is approximately #6291 on Sub-Saharan Africa’s long list of problems, yet these bozos seem to think it’s worth their time. Beyond pathetic.

  2. Diogenes Arktos says

    Who cares if the death penalty is removed? A life sentence in Ugandan prisons on apparent LGBT charges is a de facto death penalty.

    It is so easy to convict someone of LGBT behavior under this law that it could (would?) be a great way to shut down opposition.

  3. bobbyjoe says

    Can our broken-down media get anything right anymore even when it’s an actual matter of life and death?

    For days I’ve been reading commenters on various sites talking about how often in the past the mainstream media has reported the death penalty is out of this bill, when it’s very much still in. And, lo and behold, here we are again.

  4. simon says

    Diogenes Arktos:
    It was exactly what happened in Malaysia. They have a sodomy law from their colonial past. The prime minister accused his former deputy prime minister of sodomy with his chauffeur. It was widely regarded as due to their political disagreement. The deputy PM was sentenced to 9 years in prison. He was later acquitted of the charge after 4 years in prison.

  5. Diogenes Arktos says

    I don’t remember reading this factoid on this website: The Speaker of the Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, was born in 1956, is not married, and does not have any children. This, in a country where marriage and family are of utmost importance.

    A few days ago, someone on TR posted a great form letter we could use against MP David Bahati if the law were passed. Here’s another great oppportunity.

    Now we just need to find a B. (The law does not address T.)

  6. simon says

    Rebecca Kadaga is unmarried. It is not uncommon in those countries that a “strong woman” can’t find any male partner. Men don’t want to be dominated and the woman herself doesn’t want to marry someone of lower status.

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