(Image source: NTV Uganda)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


Uganda’s so-called “Kill the Gays” bill will reportedly no longer include the death penalty for homosexuality. But that doesn’t mean the bill has lost its teeth. CNN explains.

“This bill, it could pass any day now, increases the penalties including life in prison for a conviction of — listen to this term — aggravated homosexuality.”

The bill also makes it a crime to shelter or hide a homosexual person, and even makes touching a homosexual a legally dangerous move.

The bill has been in the country’s parliament for several years, but was recently reinvigorated when religious leaders asked for its passing as a “Christmas gift” — a request the speaker of parliament said would be granted. (Video via NTV Uganda)

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, as is promoting gay rights. In fact, ITV reports a British theater producer is currently facing prison time for even portraying homosexuality on stage.

“He staged a play about being gay in Uganda. The authorities say that needs special permission and he didn’t have it. So he’s told to return for a trial.”

The bill has widespread support, and analysts say it will almost certainly pass in its current form. Homosexuals in Uganda are accused of spreading aids and molesting children, and the public is overwhelmingly anti-gay.

For example, two years ago, a magazine in the country published photos, names and addresses of 100 known homosexuals, encouraging readers to murder them. Gay rights activists say that lead to the death of a prominent gay spokesman two months later. (Via New York Times)

And a blogger at Box Turtle Bulletin who has covered the bill for years says the death penalty clause might not even be gone. It’s been reported to have been removed several times before, but each time those reports were false.

Western leaders have threatened to cut aid to Uganda if the bill goes through with the death penalty included, but prominent anti-gay MPs say Uganda can thrive without any help.

Death Penalty Removed from Uganda 'Kill the Gays' Bill

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Nov 23, 2012

Death Penalty Removed from Uganda 'Kill the Gays' Bill

 

(Image source: NTV Uganda)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


Uganda’s so-called “Kill the Gays” bill will reportedly no longer include the death penalty for homosexuality. But that doesn’t mean the bill has lost its teeth. CNN explains.

“This bill, it could pass any day now, increases the penalties including life in prison for a conviction of — listen to this term — aggravated homosexuality.”

The bill also makes it a crime to shelter or hide a homosexual person, and even makes touching a homosexual a legally dangerous move.

The bill has been in the country’s parliament for several years, but was recently reinvigorated when religious leaders asked for its passing as a “Christmas gift” — a request the speaker of parliament said would be granted. (Video via NTV Uganda)

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, as is promoting gay rights. In fact, ITV reports a British theater producer is currently facing prison time for even portraying homosexuality on stage.

“He staged a play about being gay in Uganda. The authorities say that needs special permission and he didn’t have it. So he’s told to return for a trial.”

The bill has widespread support, and analysts say it will almost certainly pass in its current form. Homosexuals in Uganda are accused of spreading aids and molesting children, and the public is overwhelmingly anti-gay.

For example, two years ago, a magazine in the country published photos, names and addresses of 100 known homosexuals, encouraging readers to murder them. Gay rights activists say that lead to the death of a prominent gay spokesman two months later. (Via New York Times)

And a blogger at Box Turtle Bulletin who has covered the bill for years says the death penalty clause might not even be gone. It’s been reported to have been removed several times before, but each time those reports were false.

Western leaders have threatened to cut aid to Uganda if the bill goes through with the death penalty included, but prominent anti-gay MPs say Uganda can thrive without any help.

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