The state-sanctioned, anti-gay hysteria in the East African nation of Uganda returns with deadly consequences. Ugandan MP David Bahati introduces a bill that creates an offense of "aggravated homosexuality" to be punishable by death, reports New Vision. To protect "traditional families and children", of course.
A person commits aggravated homosexuality when the victim is a person with disability or below the age of 18, or when the offender is HIV-positive. The bill thus equates aggravated homosexuality to aggravated defilement among people of different sexes, which also carries the death sentence. The Bill, entitled the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009, also states that anyone who commits the offence of homosexuality will be liable to life imprisonment. This was already the case under the current Penal Code Act. However, it gives a broader definition of the offence of homosexuality. A person charged with the offence will have to undergo a mandatory medical examination to ascertain his or her HIV status. The bill further states that anybody who 'attempts to commit the offence' is liable to imprisonment for seven years.'
The same applies to anybody who 'aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage in acts of homosexuality' or anybody who keeps a house or room for the purpose of homosexuality. The bill also proposes stiff sentences for people promoting homosexuality. They risk a fine of sh100m or prison sentences of five to seven years. This applies to people who produce, publish or distribute pornographic material for purposes of promoting homosexuality, fund or sponsor homosexuality. Where the offender is a business or NGO, its certificate of registration will be cancelled and the director will be liable to seven years in prison. Failure to disclose the offence within 24 hours of knowledge makes somebody liable to a maximum sh5m fine or imprisonment of up to three years."
Uganda already has some of the most draconian anti-gay legislation on the planet—sodomy is punishable by life imprisonment. Several anti-gay, evangelical American groups have to suggested the rabidly anti-gay government in Kampala that suspected gays and lesbians—even teenagers—should be forced to "conversion therapy".
The bill is said to have a "99% chance" of being passed, a Uganda MP tells the BBC.
Some Background ...
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