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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. Next up on the Scott Lively murder train, Nigeria! That man needs to be in jail for crimes against humanity. Someone needs to call the Hague immediately.

    Posted by: Marc C | Nov 24, 2012 12:38:07 PM

  2. Maybe I'm wrong here but what is the difference between what they're going to do versus what Hitler did to the Jewish people? We do need to get out as many as possible before this law becomes effective. Plus why should US tax dollars be given to this country. Don't they realize that Gays pay taxes in this country?

    Posted by: macmantoo | Nov 24, 2012 1:11:59 PM

  3. Will countries where being gay is legal grant asylum to the poor gays in that sh1thole?

    Posted by: Ross | Nov 24, 2012 2:34:43 PM

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    Posted by: uldons | Nov 24, 2012 3:20:55 PM

  5. Some of the comments here reflect the very type of opposition to be avoided, namely, attacking the Ugandan people, their nation and their culture. Instead a more nuanced and broad based attack based upon norms of international law, human rights treaties, the UN charter, and diplomatic pressure needs to be mounted. Telling black Africans that they are deficient smacks of the old racist coloniaism, and guarantees they will press this vile legislation even more to show who's boss in their country. Lastly, there are some major religious figures who are not either fundie nutjobs on the one hand nor Gene Robinson on the other. These moderates, if they speak out, might cause Uganda to reconsider.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Nov 24, 2012 3:58:47 PM

  6. Call the WH (202-456-1414) and demand that Obama rescue GLT folks from Uganda and other nations where their lives are threatened by the actions of Lively and Obama BBFs McClurkin and Rick Warren.

    Also demand that the US end military aid ($82 million so far this year) to Uganda. The money will be used to kill gays, feminists, anti-cultists, unionists to increase the power of the rich and the cults.

    The US should offer asylum and social services for as long as needed.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Nov 24, 2012 4:06:32 PM

  7. To emphasize the point, WTF is wrong with Amnesty International? In addition to contacting politicians, let's get a campaign going against them!

    USA branch: aimember@aiusa.org
    International: visit http://www.amnesty.org/en/contact

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 24, 2012 4:20:15 PM

  8. Uganda isn't going to reconsider. First of all, their people have been brainwashed completely and favor this law by large margins. Secondly, Ugandans and Africans in general are getting more and more anti-Western in mentality. Especially over this bill, I've seen and talked to many Africans who have this "Westerners want to use us, they don't care about our culture, we don't need their Satanic aid" mentality.

    This is a very severe issue and extreme crises. The #1 step needs to be to cut aid, and a handful of countries have already put plans in place to do just that if this bill passes. But the 2nd step needs to be an organized mission to rescue LGBT Ugandans, and all Ugandans at risk with this law. They cannot be ignored. It would be easy to just say F Uganda, but they need our help. We're talking life and death and now is the time for action.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 24, 2012 4:21:57 PM

  9. Here's the CNN International coverage of the legislation and AI's lengthy reponse:


    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 24, 2012 5:30:31 PM

  10. @Marc C: It's much deeper than just Lively. See Rachel Maddow's site for her "Uganda be Killing Me" archive. There are/were people in Congress who will have blood on their hands if this legislation passes.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 24, 2012 5:34:40 PM

  11. American Christian religious leaders have done more to get this bill passed than anyone. That's really sad. Thank You, Rev. Graham, for all you do.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Nov 24, 2012 11:11:36 PM

  12. What makes anyone think that the Westboro Baptist Church leadership in the USA is not in favor of such a law in the USA? We have our own hate groups here that would like to do the same thing.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Nov 25, 2012 5:16:10 PM

  13. why do they constantly prove to the world that they are so backward , undereducated and ruled by poisoned religion . Will Africa ever join the modern society or even the 21 century ?

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Nov 26, 2012 1:12:21 AM

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