KAMPALA, Uganda – Facing enormous international pressure to respect LGBT rights, the Ugandan government appears to have successfully pressured Parliament to table the notorious “Kill the Gays” bill.
The decision is a huge blow to legislator David Bahati, the bill’s author who is cozy with America’s Religious Right fanatics, such as the rabidly anti-gay pastors Scott Lively and Lou Engle.
In a video posted on You Tube, Uganda’s Information Minister, Masiko Kabakumba, spoke with NTV to outline President Yoweri Museveni’s declaration that the bill was redundant to existing laws.
Bahati also appears in the video, appearing defiant and continuing his propaganda campaign to demonize LGBT people as predators who recruit children to homosexuality.
Uganda is perhaps the most dangerous place on Earth for LGBT people. Laws criminalize homosexuality, and LGBT people are scorned and shunned by society. LGBT activist David Kato was murdered earlier this year after a scandalous tabloid published his photo under a banner that read “Hang them.”
Bahati’s bill, shaped by Religious Right figures, would have included the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” including having sex if HIV-positive.