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Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill Passes Parliamentary Committee: Report

UgandasignAnti-gay Ugandan lawmakers are really moving fast on the so-called "kill the gays" bill.

MetroWeekly reports that the bill passed a Parliamentary commitee today, sending it to the next level of votes. Though the call for gay people to be executed has been removed from the hideously hateful measure, there bill still includes a life imprisonment request. 

According to Uganda’s NTV network – as tweeted by Frank Mugisha (@frankmugisha), director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) – an unnamed member of the committee confirmed that a penalty of life imprisonment has remained in the bill in place of execution.

While sexual relations between members of the same sex are already illegal in Uganda, if the bill becomes law it will be among the world’s harshest against gay people. NTV reports that the bill should receive floor debate next week.

Religious leaders in Uganda have been putting intense pressure on politicians to pass the long-lingering law there and asked this week for Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to get the bill made into law as a "Christmas gift".

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  1. How many times has the media screwed up and reported that the death penalty had been dropped only for us to find out later it was still in there? Don't trust that claim until you see the text.

    Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Nov 23, 2012 5:09:03 PM


  2. Is there any way to start trying to get as many of the likely victims of this out of Uganda as soon as humanly possible? It's clear these monsters plan on passing the bill-- isn't there some way we can at least start saving as many lives as we can before it's too late?

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Nov 23, 2012 5:21:59 PM


  3. hopefully there are underground networks already forming to get people out if this bill is passed, I'm sure the witch hunt for gays and lesbians has already started in Uganda though, they're just waiting to get the ok to round them up.

    Posted by: Terry | Nov 23, 2012 5:29:19 PM


  4. This is a frightful bill. It's actually an imposition of tactics the East Germans would have been proud of. No freedom of speech. Parents turning LGBT children in rather than going to prison themselves.

    Remember that the founding martyrs of the Ugandan Christian community were male children who refused sexual advances of a male ruler. Apparently child rape is OK, but gay sex isn't.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 23, 2012 5:53:39 PM


  5. There is no chance of this not passing. Since the bill says anyone "abetting homosexuals" will be imprisoned, anyone voting against will be accused of the crime following the vote.

    Sick, twisted, backwards place.

    Posted by: Eddie | Nov 23, 2012 5:56:16 PM


  6. Call your Senators and your congressional Rep and demand they not give money Uganda. You DO know who your Senators are don't you?

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Nov 23, 2012 6:22:17 PM


  7. The bill was once dropped after the intervention of the US and Britain. They should make good on their warnings to cut off aids.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 23, 2012 6:47:50 PM


  8. What do you expect from a country that gave the world Idi Amin?

    Sad country.

    Posted by: Chris | Nov 23, 2012 7:23:31 PM


  9. Uganda is also in the news for STEALING $Millions in Aid money! This so called Christian nation is also a group of thieves along with being murderers. (Source Yahoo Ireland)

    Posted by: Jeff | Nov 23, 2012 7:38:54 PM


  10. I say declare war on Uganda.

    Posted by: Jack | Nov 23, 2012 8:52:42 PM


  11. Oh well, there goes my summer vacation in Uganda. I've always wanted to visit that lovely place...the wildlife look so warm & fuzzy plus I hear the human inhabitants are now sanding upright and making fire. Gotta get there before the crowds arrive.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Nov 23, 2012 9:04:48 PM


  12. Paul B I totally get the snark but lets keep in mind is the focus that this law right now even greater affects the gays and lesbians in Uganda and their safety.

    I feel nauseous knowing that ending someones life for being who they are would make someone happy as a Christmas present. Uganda and those with similar mentalities are some really awful kind of sick.

    Posted by: Jeff | Nov 23, 2012 9:11:52 PM


  13. Heinous, but democracy at work in Uganda unprotected from the tyranny of the majority.

    Posted by: ptx | Nov 23, 2012 9:14:47 PM


  14. We should nuke these hideous savages.

    Posted by: danswon | Nov 23, 2012 10:07:17 PM


  15. @Jeff...I got that Jeff. I guess when faced with complete and utter ignorance & stupidity, I can only poke fun. There's really nothing funny about it though...you're right.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Nov 23, 2012 10:08:44 PM


  16. Why do we treat this bill as if it's going through a democratic legitimate process. This bill is garbage produced by a vile oppressive regime.

    Also Uganda is being killing gays for a long time. Uganda doesn't need a bill to kill. Museveni has blood on his hands.

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 23, 2012 10:21:18 PM


  17. I just sent e-mails to my politicians -- if anyone wants to use this form, go for it! We've got to speak up for our fellow LGBTs.

    Dear ,

    I am writing to ask you to encourage Congress to condemn Uganda's horrific anti-gay plans, which will allow Uganda to imprison LGBT people for life for being gay, although some versions of the bill even include the death penalty. There is a certain urgency, as this bill may be passed before Christmas because it's intended as a "Christmas" present to Ugandan Christians.

    http://www.glaad.org/blog/stop-ugandas-kill-gays-bill

    Uganda needs to be informed that it will no longer receive US aid if it acts against basic human rights law.

    Thank you for your time.

    With kind regards,

    Posted by: Ontogenesis | Nov 23, 2012 10:48:57 PM


  18. Oh great and through the word of Gawd, what a great Christian message to the world that shows the true purpose of their religion: imprison and kill those that don’t think like we do. You can’t eradicate homosexually, we are ubiquitous, innate in the fabric of humanity. Killing homosexuals only serves to makes the political regime of Uganda look barbaric, uncivilized and isolating itself from the rest of the world and ultimately proving religion is the real evil force oppressing humanity.

    Posted by: ronsfo | Nov 23, 2012 11:20:08 PM


  19. I think we should have a death to the Ugandan state campaign then.

    Posted by: toyotabedzrock | Nov 24, 2012 1:27:33 AM


  20. Unfortunately the western countries who SAY they support human rights for all will continue to give aid to countries like this until votees like us hold our elected politicians responsible.

    ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS. I don't think any western country will cut off aid. The rights of gay people are just not important to our so-called leaders no matter how much they say they support us at election times.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 24, 2012 3:06:48 AM


  21. This makes me so sad for all my Ugandan brothers and sisters and I am so amazed why Amnesty International is not taking the lead here? What is wrong with them calling being gay a choice? Are they kidnapped by evangelicals??? Remember to sign on AVAAZ and Allout!

    Posted by: Fred Kwint | Nov 24, 2012 5:23:04 AM


  22. Have I been missing something?? Where are the White House and Hillary Clinton on this situation. Will the U.S. accept and give asylum people who are going to be fleeing for their safety??

    Posted by: bill | Nov 24, 2012 9:28:46 AM


  23. I hope the United States and other decent nations are ready to grant asylum to LGBT folks in Uganda RIGHT NOW! Get our people out!

    Posted by: JD | Nov 24, 2012 11:01:13 AM


  24. So will our government halt all aid to Uganada - cut them off economically? This kind of action should not go without consequences.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 24, 2012 11:46:53 AM


  25. What a demonstration of antihuman "christianity", what a display of thirldworldism, what a disgusting nation.

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Nov 24, 2012 12:28:45 PM


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