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Rumors spread Uganda getting ready for ‘Kill The Gays’ vote

Rumors spread Uganda getting ready for ‘Kill The Gays’ vote

Uganda’s parliament may debate the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (also known as ‘Kill The Gay’s’ bill) as early as tomorrow, according to unverified reports.

The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law has posted on twitter: ‘JUST IN: #UgandaParliament wants to debate the #AntiHomosexualityBill this week could be any day from tomorrow Feb 12. Follow us for updates’.

This tweet revised an earlier twitter update that simply stated that the debate is to occur tomorrow.

Several LGBT rights advocates from Uganda have confirmed to GayStarNews that they too have heard such reports but were unable to verify them.

The advocates said they will be able to confirm by lunchtime tomorrow if the bill is indeed to be debated on 12 January, after they gain access to the day’s parliamentary order paper.

The bill aims to broaden the criminalization of same-sex relationships by dividing homosexuality into two categories; aggravated homosexuality and the offence of homosexuality.

Under the only version of the bill currently in the public domain, it gives the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

That is defined as gay acts committed by parents or authority figures, HIV-positive people, paedophiles and repeat offenders.

The ‘ offence of homosexuality’ includes same-sex sexual acts or being in a gay relationship, and will be prosecuted by life imprisonment.

The bill also includes harsh penalties against people who fail to report LGBT people to Ugandan authorities.

If parliament votes for the bill, it would require President Yoweri Museveni’s signature.

In the case that he would not sign it, parliament could enact it on a two-third vote.

In November 2012, the speaker of the parliament of Uganda promised to enact the bill, which was originally put to the government in 2009.

The bill remained on the parliament’s Order Paper of 2012 and was widely expected to go before parliament before Christmas but was delayed.

Last week Uganda’s parliament confirmed its intention to discuss the bill and on 7 February 2013 the bill was moved up from 8th to 6th position in the Parliamentary order for the year.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill had been temporarily shelved because of international criticism.

Several European countries have threatened to cut aid to Uganda if it passes, with the UK government warning Uganda it would face severe reductions in financial help.

US President Barack Obama has described it as ‘odious’, and Canadian politician John Baird has said it is ‘vile, abhorrent, and offends decency’.