KAMPALA, Uganda – The universally condemned “Kill The Gays” bill appears to be on a fast-track pace toward passage in December.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga vows that the much-maligned Anti-Homosexuality Bill will be overwhelmingly passed by Parliament because she claims that most Ugandans are demanding the law. She told reporters that the bill’s passage would be the perfect “Christmas gift” for Ugandans.
Even without the law, Uganda already has laws that criminalize homosexuality and is one of 76 countries where it is illegal to be gay. The proposed law would broaden existing laws, and includes the death penalty to those convicted of aggravated homosexuality and life imprisonment for those convicted of the offense of homosexuality.
Aggravated homosexuality is defined as gay acts committed by parents or authority figures, HIV-positive people, pedophiles and repeat offenders.
Offense of homosexuality is defined as same-sex sexual acts or being involved in a same-sex relationship.
Uganda has tried to pass the draconian measure, also known as the Bahati Bill, since 2009. But international pressure from the United States, United Kingdom, European Union and numerous other nations has temporarily succeeded in preventing the law from being approved. Western nations have warned Ugandan leaders that international aid could dry up.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have condemned the proposed law. Uganda’s best-known straight ally, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, speaks around the world against the “Kill The Gays” bill and in support of LGBT rights, and he has ties to the San Diego-based St. Paul’s Foundation headed by the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle.
Uganda is one of the most homophobic places on Earth, and western evangelicals have fanned the flames of homophobia in a shameless attempt to fill pews and coffers.
LGBT activist Melanie Nathan of San Francisco, who hails from South Africa, keeps a close watch on Africa and her O-blog-dee-o-blog-da blog on Saturday writes that a coalition of Uganda faith leaders are once again using lies to promote the bill’s passage.
This past week Uganda’s prominent homophobes and proponents of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, otherwise dubbed the ‘Kill The Gays Bill‘ clustered in conference to push for passage of the dubious legislation which has been languishing in the Ugandan Parliamentary system for several years, drawing international criticism.
The meeting was attended by religious leaders including proven liar, criminal and discredited Martin Ssempa, the Mufti was represented by the Imaam from Old Kampala, Alex Mitala from the National Born Again fellowship, Kiganda from Kingdom FM who also leads the Kampala Pentecostal Churches in Uganda, Joseph Serwadda from Born Again Faith Federation who also heads Impact FM and Victory Church. Also present was the notoriously single Simon Lokodo, Minister of Ethics and Integrity, who is currently involved in litigation where members of Uganda’s LGBTI community question his right to close down recent LGBT workshops, and MP David Bahati, the author of the Bill. Accompanying Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Kadaga, who recently issued a statement calling for passage of the bill,was approximately one third of parliamentary members.
It seems that Uganda’s anti-gay element, which comprises a strong majority, and which has been influenced by extreme public rhetoric which started at the birth of the Bill and was exacerbated by the article of Uganda’s Tabloid editor Giles Muhame , in his 2012 article outing 100 gays and lesbians and calling for their hanging, is now ramping up on the distortion and lies, in their quest for passage.
Nathan also reprints a Statement by Coalition of Religious leaders, Civil Society Organizations, Parents, Children & Citizens of Uganda that urges Parliament to pass the bill.
Blogger Warren Throckmorton, a longtime observer of the dire situation in Uganda, writes on Sunday that he is very concerned that the bill will pass. He said Uganda President Museveni can send bills back to Parliament, but if that body keeps returning a bill it would become law.
Throckmorton said he hopes that if the bill does pass that it will be immediately challenged in court.