calling it off

Is Uganda’s Kill The Gays Bill Done For?

It’s too early to call Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill completely dead, but it’d be fair to say it’s losing steam. Since being introduced in Parliament last fall by MP David Bahati, it’s gone through two committees and the mild distancing of President Yoweri Museveni, not to mention international attention and criticism. Now come reports the bill has “little backing” from lawmakers, which is a kind way of phrasing “death sentence.” Don’t start jumping up and down yet; the bill hasn’t been killed, and we’ve seen weirder legislation be resuscitated. That, and it’s possible it could still be further chopped down to remove the most egregious parts while maintaining penalties for things like HIV transmission.