Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill Reintroduced
February 8, 2012 by HRC staff
The following post comes from HRC Digital Media Intern Eric Cameron:
According to reports, Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill was reintroduced to parliament on Tuesday. The bill would strengthen Uganda’s already-harsh laws against gays and lesbians. While media has reported that the death penalty has been stripped from the bill, others argue that “aggravated homosexuality” is still punishable by death.
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced in 2009 but has waited in limbo since May 2011, when the 8th Parliament adjourned without debating or voting on the measure. The bill is reportedly scheduled for a new first reading.
Box Turtle Bulletin has more:
“According to a person in the plenary session of Parliament, Speaker Kadaga said the bills renewed from the 8th Parliament will be read for the first time [Tuesday], but reports on the bills from the 8th Parliament will be used as a basis for moving toward a 2nd reading and debate. If true, this means that the time from first reading to second reading, debate and possible passage will be much shorter than would be true if a new bill was introduced.”
As HRC has previously reported, Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill has received support from American religious extremists, including Scott Lively and Lou Engle. More than 35 African nations have laws criminalizing gay and lesbian relationships. In December, President Obama directed all U.S. government agencies engaged overseas to combat the criminalization of LGBT status and conduct.