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Uganda anti homosexuality legislation


The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, previously called the " Uganda anti homosexuality legislation the Gays Uganda anti homosexuality legislation " in the western mainstream media due to death penalty clauses proposed in the original version [1] [2] [3] was passed by the Parliament of Ugandaon 20 December with life in prison substituted for the death penalty.

The Act, should it take effect, would broaden the criminalisation of same-sex relations in Uganda domestically. It also includes provisions about persons outside of Uganda who are charged with violating the Act, asserting that they may be extradited to Uganda for punishment there. The Act also includes penalties for individuals, companies, and non-governmental organisations that aid or abet same-sex sexual acts, including conducting a gay marriage.

Furthermore, the Act enables the Ugandan government to rescind international and regional commitments it deems outside of the interest of the Acts provisions. A special motion to introduce the bill was passed a month after a two-day conference was held in which three Christians from the United States asserted that homosexuality is a direct threat to the cohesion of African families.

Several sources have noted that the Act has exacerbated both the endemic homophobia in Uganda and the associated discussions about it. Some gay rights advocates have claimed that aroundpeople in Uganda or 1. Existing laws criminalise homosexual behavior with prison sentences lasting up to 14 years. These laws are remnants of British colonialism designed to punish what colonial authorities deemed " unnatural sex " among local Ugandan people.

According to a reporter in Africa, "Africans see homosexuality as being both un-African and un-Christian". Human rights groups have criticized the police for being inactive Uganda anti homosexuality legislation apathetic.

Scott Livelyan author who has written several books opposing homosexuality; Caleb Lee Brundidgea self-professed former gay man who conducts sessions to heal homosexuality; and Don Schmierera board member of Exodus Internationalan organisation devoted to promoting "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ" which was funded by restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A. Lively asserted in his workshops that legalizing homosexuality would be akin to accepting child molestation and bestiality.

He also claimed that gays threaten society by causing higher divorce rates, child abuse, and HIV transmission. He said that US homosexuals are out to recruit young people Uganda anti homosexuality legislation homosexual lifestyles. According to Kaoma, one of the thousands of Ugandans in attendance announced during the conference, "[The parliament] feels it is necessary to draft a new law that deals comprehensively with the issue of homosexuality and Right now there is a proposal that a new law be drafted.

Lively then wrote in his blog that Langa was "overjoyed with the results of our efforts and predicted confidently that the coming weeks would see significant improvement in the moral climate of the nation, and a massive increase in pro-family activism in every social sphere. He said that a respected observer of society in Kampala had told him that our campaign was like a nuclear bomb against the 'gay' agenda in Uganda. I pray that this, and the predictions, are true. In Aprila local Ugandan newspaper printed the names of suspected homosexuals, another printed tips on how to identify gays for the general public, [32] and, in Octoberanother named Rolling Stone unaffiliated with the American Rolling Stone published a story featuring a list of the nation's "top" gays and lesbians with their photos and addresses.

Next to the list was a yellow strip with the words "hang them". Julian Pepea program coordinator for Sexual Minorities Ugandasaid that people named in the story were living in fear and that attacks have begun, prompting many to abandon their jobs and others to relocate.

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