“Kill the Gays” Bill Reintroduced in Uganda

English: Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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A bill mandating the death sentence for gays who are “repeat offenders” has been┬áreintroduced in Uganda’s parliament.

A small but vocal anti-gay movement, led by several MPs and a group of bishops, was determined to reintroduce the proposed legislation.

The bill was proposed in 2009 by David Bahati, a legislator with the ruling National Resistance Movement party, provoking an international outcry.

It brings in the death penalty for anyone caught engaging in homosexual acts for the second time and for gay sex where one partner is a minor or has HIV. It also criminalizes public discussion of homosexuality and penalizes a person who knowingly rents property to a homosexual.

Barack Obama denounced the bill. Hillary Clinton called on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to reject it. Some international donors threatened to cut aid if it became law.

The bill was shelved last May. The cabinet said in August it had decided to drop the bill because existing laws were enough to deal with homosexual crimes.

Via Al Jazeera.

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