Uganda’s anti-gay bill re-introduced

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Feb 7th, 2012

Kampala – A lawmaker in Uganda is re-introducing an anti-gay bill that received wide condemnation, including from President Barack Obama.

The bill was re-introduced on Tuesday by David Bahati, the bill’s primary backer. It was originally introduced in 2009 but has never come before the full parliament for a vote.

The original draft legislation languished in a committee of parliament as the Ugandan government grappled with the international opposition it generated.

The original draft called for the death penalty for some homosexual acts, one of the reasons the bill received so much attention. Bahati told The Associated Press last year that he is willing to drop that provision if that is the recommendation of a parliament committee.

– AP


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