Update on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill; President Will Not Assent to “Fascist” Legislation

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Late last week, Uganda's president Yowari Museveni spoke out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill but stopped short of declaring in his letter to Parliament what he planned to do about the bill.According to a press release from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights dated Jan. 18, Museveni will not sign what he termed as "fascist" legislation. (18 January 2014 | Kampala) A delegation from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) met with … [Read more...]

Full Text of Letter From Uganda’s President Museveni to Speaker of Parliament Kadaga Regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

I have been out most of the day and so I am just now seeing this letter from Uganda's President Yowari Museveni to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga. The letter was sent to me by an activist from Uganda.I hope the viewer below works for you; otherwise, click the link to read it.It is not clear what the next move is. Given that the letter is dated December 28, 2013, Museveni would have until January 28 to formally send it back to Parliament. Otherwise, it would become law. … [Read more...]

Uganda’s President Rejects Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Says Parliament Broke the Law By Passing It

According to the Daily Monitor for Friday, January 17, President Museveni sent Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga a December 28 letter scolding Parliament for passing the Anti-Homosexuality bill without a quorum.Museveni will apparently not assent to the bill and advised Kadaga that  "the NRM Caucus will find a scientifically correct position on the proposed anti-gay legislation" according to the Monitor.Museveni apparently called gays "abnormal," but added that legislation would not s … [Read more...]

Sen Jim Inhofe Heading To Uganda; Will He Speak Against The Anti-Homosexuality Bill?

According to a tweet from Maria Burnett at Human Rights Watch Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is heading to Uganda. From sources I trust, I have learned that Inhofe and a Congressional delegation will be in Uganda next week.  .@Inhofe should publicly state he does not support the “odious” #AHB during his trip to #Uganda. http://t.co/TVvxqE5aff @maddow— Maria Burnett (@MariaHRWAfrica) January 15, 2014  Inhofe (@jiminhofe) has stated in the U.S. that he opposes the Anti-H … [Read more...]

Association of Christian Counsellors (UK) Statement Prohibiting Reparative Therapy

Monday, the UK Guardian reported that the Association of Christian Counsellors* prohibited reparative therapy for their members.  The statement backing up this action sounds very much like the sexual identity therapy framework. Here is the AAC statement in full: An ACC statement to its members January 2014In December 2012, ACC made a statement to its members supporting and clarifying our ethical framework. The Board has continued to discuss and reflect on the area specifically relating t … [Read more...]

Was The Death Penalty Really Removed From Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill? (UPDATED)

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UPDATE - 1/14/14: This morning, I received an email from Charles Tuhaise, researcher for Uganda's Parliament. Charles provided clarification about some of the issues I raised in this post. Thanks to him for the information. I am placing his comments in advance of yesterday's post because they address some of my questions below. Regarding the manner of handling bills in Uganda, Tuhaise wrote: Over here, the original Bill remains intact throughout the debate period until the Bill comes up for … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Accuses Donors of Bullying; Forgets Uganda’s Bullying of Gays

According to the Uganda Sunday Monitor: The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has warned the West against “bullying” Uganda over passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.Addressing Uganda’s ambassadors abroad during a meeting with the House committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday, Ms Kadaga took a swipe at foreign countries for targeting Uganda, yet still keeping economic relations with other African countries with the same law. As a taxpayer, I am glad the government is considering human … [Read more...]

From Change to Congruence: Evergreen International to Merge with North Star International

Box Turtle Bulletin points out today that Latter Day Saint ex-gay group Evergreen International is merging with North Star International, a group less focused on change of orientation and more geared to living in alignment with LDS teaching. This is a significant development in that North Star has not supported reparative therapy or efforts to change orientation. The merger will not change that approach, according to a statement on the North Star website: Recognizing the uniqueness of … [Read more...]


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