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Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill, Removes Death Penalty Provision

6a00d8341c730253ef017ee5a20ed9970d-300wiDespite previous failed attempts to pass the so-called "Kill the Gays" bill, the Ugandan parliament has today successfully passed an amended version of the legislation that criminalizes "aggravated homosexuality" though removes the death penalty as a punishment, opting instead to imprison offenders for life should they suffer the maximum penalty. The AP has the report:

Homosexuality was already illegal in Uganda under a colonial-era law that criminalised sexual acts "against the order of nature", but the Ugandan politician who wrote the new law argued that tough new legislation was needed because gay people from the west threatened to destroy Ugandan families and were allegedly "recruiting" Ugandan children into gay lifestyles.

The Ugandan gay community has disputed this account, saying that Ugandan political and religious leaders had come under the influence of American evangelicals who wanted to spread their anti-gay campaign in Africa. They have singled out Scott Lively, a Massachusetts evangelical,who they sued in March 2012 under the Alien Tort Statute that allows non-citizens to file suit in the US if there is an alleged violation of international law...

Despite criticism of the bill abroad, it was highly popular among a lot of Ugandans who said the country had the right to pass laws that protect its children.

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  1. "... said the country had the right to pass laws that protect its children"

    Of course. But this bill undeniably harms children.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 20, 2013 1:54:16 PM

  2. And somebody dares to defend the Duck trash?

    Posted by: litper | Dec 20, 2013 2:02:55 PM

  3. sodomy is more common in the hetro community as a means of contraception.
    So WTF are these impeciles babbling about ?

    And anyone who supports US Evangelicals is an hate monger........I see a new TV show for the Phucker Ducks.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 20, 2013 2:04:23 PM

  4. I hope this leads to expedited processing of asylum applications by other countries. Uganda is demonstrably hostile to its own citizens.

    Posted by: Charles | Dec 20, 2013 2:07:25 PM

  5. So sad to see ignorance on such a mass nationwide scale whether it be Uganda or Russia. Hopefully, gay Ugandans have options for asylum. There is at least South Africa on the same continent that is gay-friendly.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Dec 20, 2013 2:19:59 PM

  6. I wonder if the right-wing Christian anti-gay nuts in the U.S. are really upset that the new law deleted the death penalty provision.


    Posted by: wwolffus | Dec 20, 2013 2:23:49 PM

  7. You can thank Scott Lively and his ilk for this. He would gladly take credit for it too. I can't imagine the fear this put into the LGBT community in Uganda. Frank Mugisha said it best, he is "officially illegal" now...

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Dec 20, 2013 2:32:31 PM

  8. It's time to offer asylum to LGBT people because this law definitely gives the Ugandan government the power to cause them great harm. The new law also gives a red light to hate groups to physically harm LGBT people, possibly even murder them, all heinous deeds to be done with impunity.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 20, 2013 2:42:42 PM

  9. The poor gays. Imagine living there? It's the Stone Age. It's sad that human beings can be so underdeveloped in 2013.

    Posted by: Tom | Dec 20, 2013 2:48:59 PM

  10. When the colonial power, Britain, left, Uganda gave the world Idi Amin.

    Now they give us regressive laws and bigotry and hate......courtesy of the Bigot Evangelicals.
    Way to go colonial powers you've created a melting pot for Armageddon.....and as @ WAYNEPLS says, Scott Lively burn now.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 20, 2013 3:01:08 PM

  11. Ya it's clearly the gay west that is destroying Uganda...cuz you know corruption, poverty, and crazy religious radicals really keep a country tightly bound...

    Posted by: Will | Dec 20, 2013 3:18:25 PM

  12. I'm so very glad I was born a homosexual male. Nothing like encountering hypocrisy to make one stronger !

    Posted by: Martin | Dec 20, 2013 3:54:17 PM

  13. And as good Americans we should continue to boycott all things Uganda. No money, no special funding, no tourism - nothing, nada. Let them starve.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 20, 2013 4:21:31 PM

  14. "You can thank Scott Lively and his ilk for this"

    That's right--as usual, the blame should be placed on a white male because, if it were not for white males and their heinous influence, blacks all over the world would be free of homophobic attitudes.

    You see, black people are just docile little children who do exactly what the white man tells them to do and have no thoughts of their own.....and therefore should never be held accountable for any of their actions.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 20, 2013 4:57:07 PM

  15. "It's time to offer asylum to LGBT people because this law definitely gives the Ugandan government the power to cause them great harm"

    Grant asylum for being gay and overnight you would see the entire population of Uganda "turn gay" right before your eyes.

    Likewise with any other poor, backwards Third World country.

    And if you don't realize that, you are beyond naive.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 20, 2013 4:59:15 PM

  16. Yes, okay, they removed the death penalty, but any bets on how long a convicted gay man would last in prison... those life sentences won't last very long. This makes me sick.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Dec 20, 2013 6:10:04 PM

  17. My peers and I were deconstructing "For-The-Children Politics" at the pre-university level. That means that my peers at a young age were more educated and savvy than anti-gay political figures the world over (I'm thinking Uganda, Russia, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Congo, etc.)

    Posted by: sopurdy | Dec 20, 2013 7:37:57 PM

  18. Aya boo boo, ooga booga, kanutay uganay banitay. Tuwatta click click ooga booga tanooga.

    Posted by: Rotundra | Dec 21, 2013 10:01:48 PM

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