Uganda Wants an Even Tougher Anti-Gay Law

Uganda Wants an Even Tougher Anti-Gay Law November 10, 2014

Uganda already passed a law that imprisons people merely for being gay, now the bigots in their national legislature want to emulate Russia and pass a new law making it a crime even to advocate for equal rights for gay people.

Uganda’s ruling party has drawn up new anti-gay legislation and could push it through parliament before the end of the year, rights activists said Saturday.

The move comes nearly a year after Ugandan MPs passed a bill that would have seen gays face up to life in prison, only to see the bill struck down by the constitutional court on a technicality.

According to a leaked copy of the new draft bill, MPs have instead focussed on outlawing the “promotion” of homosexuality — something that activists said made it far more repressive and wide-reaching.

“People don’t realise that the ‘promotion’ part of it will affect everybody,” prominent gay rights activist Frank Mugisha told AFP.

“If newspapers report about homosexuality it could be seen as promotion. My Twitter account could be seen as promotion. All human rights groups that include LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights defence in their activities could be accused of promotion.”

According to the draft, anyone convicted of promoting homosexuality would be liable to seven years in prison.

“We have confirmed that the draft comes from the cabinet. Their plan is to present it to parliament as soon as possible, before the end of the year,” Mugisha said.

I’m sure the American Christian right bigots will cheer this on.


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