Ugandan official says Anti-Homosexuality Bill not needed

This seems to be a promising development…

Ndorwa West MP David Bahati’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill may be withdrawn from Parliament following pressure from the international community, a senior government official has said.

The State Minister for Investments, Mr Aston Kajara, yesterday said the government was looking at the Bill with the possibility of withdrawing it. “The government’s official position is that we have enough laws to cover homosexuality acts,” Mr Kajara said. “Government did not sponsor this Bill. It is a private member’s Bill. The government is studying it and we may talk to the honourable Member of Parliament (David Bahati) to consider withdrawing it.”

Donor countries, including the United States, have piled pressure on the government to drop the proposed law, on grounds that it violates human rights.

Ht: Box Turtle Bulletin…

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  • Lynn David

    Well, we seem to see one of these every so often. At least the idea is still around in the executive branch of government.

  • Eddy

    This quote gives me hope.

    Government did not sponsor this Bill. It is a private member’s Bill.

    Realizing that the bill has been introduced by a private member rather than by the government at large seems significant. The sentence that follows seems to indicate that Bahti is receiving pressures from both within and without to drop the bill. Again, good news!!

  • Michael Bussee

    I agree with Eddy. Pressure from within and without seems to be having an impact. Good thing so many people are speaking out against it.