Members Of Ugandan Parliament Sign Petition To Swiftly Reinstate Anti-Homosexuality Act

Members of the Ugandan parliament held a press conference yesterday to announce their plan to bypass rules of procedure in order to vote on and reinstate the anti-homosexuality act (struck down by the Ugandan constitutional court last Friday). Led by Latif Sebagala, the group of MPs stated that they were collecting signatures (pictured below, in a tweet from Parliament Watch) in order to build support and petition for a reconsideration of the law.

Petition1Sebagala seems to believe that House speaker Rebecca Kadaga should be able to suspend the rules of procedure, which would otherwise necessitate starting the legislative process over from the beginning. The court's decision last week was predicated on parliament's breaking of Ugandan law, though, so it is unclear just how viable an option Sebagala's plan would be. Supporters of the bill are conflicted about his risky strategy but are still adamant about the anti-homosexuality stance.

Buzzfeed reports:

A group of MPs led by Latif Sebagala said the petition for a re-vote had already collected 100 signatures from MPs. He said that by Friday he believed he would have signatures from a majority of parliament…

In a phone interview, the bill’s original sponsor, MP David Bahati, would not directly answer several questions about how soon he wanted to see the bill brought to the floor and whether it should be passed under rules of procedure…

“Any bill will pass through the procedure, and by the rules of procedure we will follow them and we will pass it,” Bahati said, adding, “We can suspend any of the rules if we think it is important.”

“Whether it’s tomorrow or a week or a month, we will take whatever time is required to make sure that the future of our children is protected, the family is protected, and the sovereignty nation of the protected,” Bahati said. “The issues of technicalities is not a big deal to anybody. But the big deal … is that homosexuality is not a human right here in Uganda.”

Whether or not the bill can be passed quickly, Ugandan officials risk increased tensions and financial restrictions with the United States and other global organizations. Still, the vehemence of Sebagala and the other MP's is disturbing: not only did they share news of the petition at the press conference, they also reportedly broke into song:

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Comments

  1. David in the O.C. says

    These ignorant bigoted assholes need to be written-off by the entire world. No country should be giving these hate mongers a single penny in their support of the demonization of human beings.

  2. HadenoughBS says

    So these bigoted Ugandan haters are singing “we shall never allow Homosexuality”. I wonder what lilting little tune went with this homophobic verse? No doubt it’ll be in Uganda’s Top Ten Anti-Gay Hit Parade any day now.

  3. Victor says

    David in the O.C.,

    The same thing can be said of the U.S. just a few short years ago, right?

    You do realize that in most states in the U.S. people face discrimination in housing and employment, right? You also realize that in 2004 George Bush won reelection because of a successful anti-gay legislative push that got out the vote of bigots.

    As for Uganda, you do understand that American Christians went there and to other African countries to foment anti-gay hatred.

    Ugandan homophobes are horrible people but they aren’t the exception to the rule. In France and other European countries, anti-gay politicians have been winning elections. Eastern European countries have anti-gay policies. Gays who try to celebrate pride are warned against doing so because the police can’t protect them from violent, anti-gay protesters. In the U.S., the Republican Party continues to use anti-gay rhetoric to appeal to voters.

  4. HereinDC says

    Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world, with 37.7% of the population living on less than $1.25 a day.

    For a country that has SO MANY poor people….those legislators in that pic SURE ARE FAT!

  5. JackFknTwist says

    I agree with VICTOR.

    We need to know that our victories are fragile. We need to know that the religious right coordinate their efforts against us.
    We need to know that Brian Brown and the Catechism of the Catholic Church promote a culture of “the other” against us.

    But in practical terms it is clear that western aid supports STD/HIV testing clinics. These are used as bait to expose gays; if gays in Uganda are to be helped it must be done clandestinely.
    Western aid has ended up in bank accounts; food to Sudan has bee purloined by armed thugs.
    Not a penny more in western aid.
    And
    Medicines sans Frontiers;
    Save the Children
    Concern
    Gorta
    etc. need to reconsider their policies of working in countries which are anti human rights.

  6. UFFDA says

    VICTOR – you do realize don’t you that the drag queens, gay pride exhibitionists, left wing gay hipsters and Little Kiwi crybabies don’t want to hear a word you’ve said about the nearly universal opposition to gay people that dominates the depressing world of conservative countries and religions. They would rather march right into the fire without a thought to how offensively they behave in public. That is until they actually see and feel the flames and have dragged a whole lot of innocent people with them.

    If we’re not careful the Stonewall Riots will turn out to be the turning point to another much greater turning point that no one wants. In most of the liberal Western world this may not be the case – I hope so – but cultures have often, when goaded, turned on a dime in an opposite direction. When you’ve shot yourself in the foot as often as gay propagandists do you have barely got a leg to stand on.

  7. The Milkman says

    Victor makes a point. However, any institutionalized homophobia in the US can’t compare with the life imprisonment sentence meted out by the Ugandans against GLBT people. Further, the heinous work of the anti-gay religious right in the US does nothing to absolve the Ugandans from their culpability. The people of Uganda are adults like any other country, and cannot blame their actions or their lack of human decency on foreigners. The same can be said for the effects of colonialism… at some point, one has to own one’s actions.

  8. MickyFlip says

    @HUH? UFFDA didn’t say “You have been given a warning.” He said “You have given a warning.” In other words, when everyone becomes complacent to the opposition and vitriol against us. Basically, when push comes to shove. At least, from my perspective. Whatever it’s worth.

  9. jmartindale says

    I am sick and tired of people excusing these backwards, superstitious bigots’ behavior on westerners and foreign preachers. These assholes aren’t children. They are adults who should be held responsible for their primitive superstitions. I don’t need to compare them to French bigots and American bigots. They are just ignorant, uneducated assholes who make themselves feel superior by being prejudiced against gay people.

  10. SFshawn says

    One must consider and remember how seriously uneducated, ignorant and stupid these subhuman dirt dwellers really are.
    No amount of money can save the hatred in their ignorant hearts. They can sing against gays and I’ll sing in praise of Ebola. Why not? Same thing.
    Obama disappoints again. No surprise there.

  11. Derrick from Philly says

    @ SFSHAWN,

    “One must consider and remember how seriously uneducated, ignorant and stupid these subhuman dirt dwellers really are.”

    Yeah, most of them probably received their higher education in Britain and the United States.

  12. Derrick from Philly says

    @ “They can sing against gays and I’ll sing in praise of Ebola. Why not? Same thing.”

    Well, you’d better sing pretty loud because the Ebola outbreak is in West Africa. Uganda is in the east–maybe three thousand miles apart. Ugandans may not know anything about Ebola…even if you’d like them to.

    I realize that emotions can rise on issues of the oppression of Gay folks around the world, but sometimes the angry rhetoric has other undertones to it.

  13. JackFknTwist says

    Thou speak’st aright; they are all fat.
    It confirms all I believe about aid to Africa: it’s fattening the few.
    No more aid to delinquent juntas.

    Where are the starving children we see in the begging ads ?

  14. Derrick from Philly says

    @” No wonder they get ebola…”

    I’m not sure there was an Ebola outbreak in Uganda, JARAGO.

    Or, are they all the same to you, JARAGO?

    Racism and Homophia go together like a horse and carriage….you can’t have one without other….

  15. Vic says

    Love the racist comments on this thread. Racist white gays who take such pride in their being white. Face palm! Why do you even bother when the hypocrisy is so blatant?

    “Subhuman”? Subhuman because they’re homophobic? You mean like a lot of white Americans who ran out to vote for George W. Bush when he used anti-gay legislation to get out the vote? Oh, don’t forget how Clinton used an anti-gay radio ad to win votes when he ran for reelection.

    I also recall reading about this guy called Putin who runs this tiny, powerless country called Russia where Putin signed into law anti-gay measures. Russia is sorta like those other Eastern European countries that have anti-gay laws. It’s also like France, where thousands recently demonstrated against gay rights and violent anti-gay attacks occurred.

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