"Kill The Gays" bill: Read the actual bill about to be debated by Uganda's Parliament | VIDEO

KAMPALA, Uganda – Parliament is back session this week, and Uganda’s infamous “Kill The Gays” bill has been listed as a “notice of business to follow” on today’s agenda.

This means that a debate and vote could come any time on the formally named Anti-Homosexuality Bill, authored by homophobic MP David Bahati.

The bill would create much harsher punishments for LGBT people convicted of crimes in Uganda, including the death penalty for HIV-positive people who are sexually active and life in prison for being involved in a same-sex relationship.

Uganda is one of 76 countries where it is already illegal to be gay.

The bill has the backing of the Religious Right in the U.S. and even some Republican politicians, although it has been condemned by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other western leaders.

Frank Mugisha, one of Uganda’s leading LGBT activists, was in New York on Monday and spoke with Thomas Roberts of MSNBC. Mugisha said that opponents of the draconian “Kill The Gays” bill have seen the measure that was sent to Parliament and disputed claims by Bahati that the death penalty has been removed from the bill.

Mugisha said that if the bill is approved, he could be convicted of aggravated homosexuality and be executed. And Ugandans who did not report LGBT people could be imprisoned.

On Nov. 28, All Out hosted an international conference call today featuring Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, and Kasha Jacqueline, executive director of Freedom and Roam Uganda.

During that call, the two leading activists urged international pressure to fight the “Kill The Gays” bill and for their supporters to sign the All Out petition HERE. More than 200,000 people have signed the petition as of today.

GetEQUAL gets involved

Today, GetEQUAL condemned the bill.

"This horrifying law now before the Ugandan Parliament should be removed from consideration immediately," said Heather Cronk, managing director of GetEQUAL. "This law was created and supported by American right-wing evangelicals in order to impress American right-wing politicians -- it's colonial homophobia, pure and simple. The American radical-right isn't satisfied with legal homophobia in the U.S., so they've taken to the African continent to kill us -- this bill would expand the climate of fear across Africa, and it is unacceptable for Americans to be exporting hate with such draconian consequences."

GetEQUAL wrote:

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) -- or the "Kill the Gays" bill -- was originally introduced by Ugandan parliamentarian David Bahati in 2009 through the aggressive advocacy of extreme right-wing Americans Scott Lively, Rick Warren and Lou Engle -- Christian fundamentalists affiliated with "The Family," a secretive organization based in Washington, DC, which serves as the chief sponsor of the annual National Prayer Breakfast held in the nation's capital. The bill has come up again this year, conveniently brought up by the Speaker of Parliament at the same time that massive oil-related corruption charges have surfaced against Members of Parliament. Various news outlets have wrongly reported over the past few days that the death penalty has been removed from the bill; actually, the death penalty is still in the bill as of now, and has been used as a talking point by Ugandan officials to convince U.S. officials that the bill has been "softened."

In recent days, GetEQUAL has called upon American politicians who are known to be part of "The Family" -- including U.S. Senators Jim Demint (R-SC), James Inofe (R-OK), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) -- to publicly denounce the bill and to urge Ugandan Members of Parliament to kill the bill.

In recent days, GetEQUAL has called upon American politicians who are known to be part of "The Family" -- including U.S. Senators Jim Demint (R-SC), James Inofe (R-OK), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) -- to publicly denounce the bill and to urge Ugandan Members of Parliament to kill the bill.

"GetEQUAL calls on the American elected officials who have supported Uganda’s anti-gay legislation to repudiate the bill and its intent to target, arrest, or kill LGBT persons," said Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, national field director of GetEQUAL.

GetEQUAL also has a petition up on its website, encouraging pressure on U.S. Senators with connections to the Ugandan MPs who could stop the bill.

Parliament Speaker's "Christmas gift" wish for Uganda

Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, has vowed to pass the “Kill The Gays” bill as a “Christmas gift” to the nation. But last week, she was forced to adjourn Parliament after an explosive debate over the oil bill got out of hand and she saw the need to let emotions subside.

Parliament observers said the “Kill The Gays” bill will likely follow debate on the oil bill. The clock is ticking, however, as this session of Parliament expires on Dec. 14.

Read the proposed bill here:


AHB Copy From Parliament



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