Uganda: Anti-Gay Bill Is Back
Uganda’s parliament has voted to revive the debate over the much-reviled bill that would allow state-sanctioned executions of homosexuals.This week, Ugandan parliamentary member Rebecca Kadaga informed lawmakers that the legislation will be sent to a session committee for consideration.
The legislation was first introduced in 2009 by lawmaker David Bahati. After an international outcry, however, the bill did not hit the floor for a vote before the end of the previous parliamentary session. The legislation would punish “aggravated homosexuality”–meaning homosexual activity by “serial offenders” or those who are HIV positive–with the death penalty. According to Human Rights Watch, Uganda’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee suggested adding a section that would make it a criminal offense to perform same-sex marriages.