Monday, May 16, 2011
Anti-Gay Bill Off The Table For Now!
The media has reported that Uganda's parliament adjourned without debating a controversial bill which includes the death penalty for some homosexual acts.
First introduced in 2009, the bill could still be brought up when the new parliament meets later this year. The basics are: Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda but the bill would increase the penalty for those convicted to life in prison. Those found guilty of "aggravated homosexuality" - defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a "serial offender" - would face the death penalty. Anyone failing to report to the authorities a person they knew to be homosexual would also be liable to prosecution. (Excerpted from www.bbc.co.uk)