The Anti-homosexuality Bill has become known as the Kill-The-Gays-Bill and has caused an international outcry.
by Melanie Nathan, 02/04/2012 7:00 AM
Uganda’s, Anti Homosexuality bill of 2009 is due for debate when parliament resumes business in Uganda next week, according to a source who made contact with me. This Bill includes the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” and harsh prison terms for homosexuals and lesbians in Uganda, where homosexuality is currently criminal under the less definitive law of “crimes against the natural order.”
The controversial bill that raised public debate during the 8th Parliament is back again, just as many thought it’s recent “shelving” meant it would never return.
At this time it will be considered by the Business Committee as to when it will be on the Parliament program according to information which means it could come to the Parliament floor soon.
In a letter to MPs on the committee from the office of the Clerk to Parliament, the meeting is scheduled for Monday next week and it will supposedly consider the legislative program for the 3rd meeting of the 1st session of the 9th Parliament.
Despite calls from international human rights activists, donors and LGBTI communities, condemning the Bill, the Anti-Homosexuality bill 2009, introduced by the Uganda’s Ndorwa West Member of Parliament, David Bahati is one of the bills to be considered on the agenda.
Another controversial Bill, the Marriage and Divorce Bill 2009, which is being pushed for by women rights groups to reform and consolidate laws relating to marriage, separation and divorce. However religious leaders have voiced strong objections to that bill, noting that the clause that recognizes cohabitation as a form of marriage is in breach of their religious beliefs.
It seems like religious leaders in Uganda, who have opted against the Divorce Bill are more comfortable opposing cohabitation than they are opposing the government sanctioned killing of homosexuals.
by Melanie Nathan