Ugandan MPs unite in support of reviving anti-gay bill

Uganda's parliament passes resolution supporting Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga calls for Anti-Homosexuality Bill revival

Ugandan MPs unite in support of reviving anti-gay bill
02 November 2012

Ugandan members of parliament have passed a resolution in support of calls to revive the country’s notorious anti-gay bill.

On Wednesday (31 October), Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Uganda’s parliament, claimed that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will soon be passed into law.

During the parliamentary session, politicians from across the political spectrum slammed homosexuality and claimed Western interference was a ‘threat’ to Uganda’s cultural values.

The House also pushed for the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to draw up its report on the bill for general debate, which was confirmed will happen before Christmas.

The motion, which was tabled by MP for Kinkiizi West, Dr Chris Baryomunsi, received widespread support.

The House applauded Kadaga, who was criticized for Uganda’s LGBT rights position by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird during a recent visit to North America.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi also congratulated her for taking a stand.

‘I rise to add my voice to state clearly that you represented Uganda effectively in Canada,’ said Mbabazi, reported the Daily Monitor.

‘You represented our right to do what we want to do as a country. We have made a point very clearly that we abide by the country’s constitution which guarantees the right of members and back benchers to move private members bills and MP Bahati exercised that right,’ said Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

MP David Bahati, who wrote the bill, proposed the death penalty for cases of ‘aggravated homosexuality’, but now the lawmakers are opting, instead, for life imprisonment.

The 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill has still to gain parliamentary approval and has met the Ugandan government’s opposition.

Homosexuality is morally unacceptable to 89% of Ugandans, according to a 2010 a survey by The Pew Research Center,

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

It's Rosie versus Letterman

Rosie O'Donnell accuses David Leterman of being 'anti-gay' and 'anti-tow truck driver'
No thumbnail available

Is this the best way to sort out your skin?

GSN was asked to try out a Skinbreeze facial, a new treatment that claims to give the best results for your skin
No thumbnail available

St Petersburg bans gay pride and charges activists for 'propaganda'

Organizers vow to go ahead with gay pride event in Russian city despite ban
X Factor boyband Stereo Kicks to perform at Birmingham Pride
No thumbnail available

Geraldo Rivera speculates 'lesbian cabal' is running US Dept of Homeland Security

Makes comments during appearance on Fox and Friends telecast
No thumbnail available

Future soccer stars more likely to support a gay teammate

New study shows homophobia in sport has undergone a generational shift, giving hope to young gay players they will receive support if they choose to go professional
No thumbnail available

Hundreds protest on first anniversary of India gay sex ban

Recriminalization of homosexuality leads to an increase in anti-gay violence
No thumbnail available

Fox News: ‘Don’t be deceived’ by trans US WikiLeaks soldier Chelsea Manning

Chat Show ‘Fox & Friends’ critical of The New York Times for using correct pronouns for WikiLeaks soldier
No thumbnail available

Cambodia Pride amazing tuk-tuk race

Cambodia Pride get creative with their Pride week fun
No thumbnail available

Lady Gaga tells newly out Tom Daley: ‘Never dive in Russia’

Bisexual songstress gave advice to the Olympic diving teen on Alan Carr's Chatty Man