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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:27 PM

Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill: MPs drop death penalty

Source: BBC

MP Medard Segona said "substantial amendments" had been made to the bill but said he was not allowed to reveal further details.

Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga recently said the bill would be passed as a "Christmas gift" to its advocates.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda - this bill increases the penalties.

Foreign donors have threatened to cut aid if gay rights are not respected.

The bill, tabled by MP David Bahati, proposes longer jail terms for homosexual acts, including a life sentence in certain circumstances.

In its original form, those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality" - defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a "serial offender" - faced the death penalty.

Such offences would now be punished with life imprisonment, it is understood.

The original bill also prohibited the "promotion" of gay rights and called for the punishment of anyone who "funds or sponsors homosexuality" or "abets homosexuality".


Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20463887

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:33 PM

1. Gee, thanks.

Assholes.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:37 PM

2. Better, but not ideal.

 

Work on changing this legislation for the better now.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 09:22 AM

9. This 'legistation' is all about how to punish gay people...you claim there is a way to

make that acceptable? I'm not sure you are really getting this. You are saying there are suitable levels of imprisonment for being gay?

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:15 AM

10. Are you serious?

 

Is it better then killing gay people? Yes. Is it a fair law? No.

What is difficult to understand about that?

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 09:09 PM

3. Raise your hand if you believe them more than the last time they lied about removing it. nt

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 09:19 PM

4. Didn't one of the supporters of this bill run around saying his enemies were gay and hoping for

vigilante justice?

Oh right, one of the supporters did do that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Ssempa

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:31 PM

5. K&R. Still so disgusting. Glad the world is watching.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:15 AM

6. well its a start I guess not nearly enough though n/t

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:45 AM

7. They've LIED about this before. I wouldn't trust these bastards.

Guaranteed they will torture and "disappear" these folks. This is genocide, any way you want to look at it. And they did it without an NDAA or a phony terror attack. They're hiding behind a malicious interpretation of right-wing evangelical "religion." Impressive. Monsters.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 09:19 AM

8. These bigots are liars, as are they all. Ignorant and without any ethics.

The global pressure on these hate mongering liars must not end, and the share of the blame that goes to American evangelists must be spotlighted and those international hate mongers exposed, they should not have passports for they travel to spread terror.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:29 PM

11. They tried to make it look like a public health or crime bill that is dishonest:

In its original form, those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality" - defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a "serial offender" - faced the death penalty.

Did they also make the law to prevent the rape of a minor, a disabled person by a straight HIV-positive / serial offender?

This really stinks of American fundamentalism exported to other countries as an experiment. Remember this news piece, and how Americans influence them?

Conservatives’ other Kenyan obsession

"A new report exposes the extent of the U.S. religious right's meddling in Africa's sexual politics

Stateside, the warm ties between U.S. evangelicals and conservative African clerics are visible only in glimpses: the footage of Sarah Palin’s Assembly of God church hosting a minister who cast out demons, the notorious Kill the Gays bill in Uganda. But a new report casts light on how, with relatively little funding, American social conservatives are trying to establish their anti-gay, anti-abortion rights and anti-contraception view across the continent – and often succeeding."

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/25/conservatives_other_kenyan_obsession/

Posted by MNBrewer here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021020032

We're the source and can barely keep these theocratic wingnuts out of power here. Dammit!

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:38 PM

12. Just to see the hatred some people have against gay people here in the US makes me realize

they have such a long way to go in Uganda. Their hatred is the problem, not people in love.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 09:36 PM

13. Wait, hang on a minute here

"foreign donors"??

Who are these "foreign donors" threatening to "cut aid" and why do they hold such sway over the internal politics of an African country? Do they give more aid than governments?

Questions need to be asked here.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:40 AM

14. Gee, that's like the executioner saying don't worry, my axe is dull, you will live longer. n/t

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