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Uganda Parliament Drops ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill

Well isn’t this a bit of good news: David Bahati, the minister of parliament behind Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, has suffered a huge defeat. After reviewing the so-called Kill The Gays bill, which sought to imprison for life practicing homosexuals (and execute repeat offenders), on the order of President Yoweri Museveni, the the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee has opted not to put the bill up for debate by lawmakers, ending a two-year ordeal that attempted to further criminalize “aggravated homosexuality.” It was Museveni, supposedly, who terminated the politically toxic project. Might it have something to do with fears of losing aid after Rep. Barney Frank began pushing through a bill that would have the Treasury Department coming down hard on nations that oppress LGBTs?

This does not, of course, mean gays in Uganda are safe: sodomy remains illegal there, and it’s possible Bahati or a sympathizer could take up a similar bill in the future. And don’t think for a second that just because some 85 countries signed the United Nations resolution promising to support efforts to keeps LGBTs safe that Uganda’s queers will find themselves in the safety net of the international community. After all, it was through international efforts by America’s religious zealots, immune to state pressure, that helped bring about the Kill The Gays bill in the first place. But for now, so much for Bahati’s October promise that his bill would become law “soon.” Let’s see how Rolling Stone spins this one.

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  • Robert

    The Bill is not dead. A lot of ots provisions have been moved to a bittle entitled the “Sexual Offenses Bill”.

  • tdww

    The newsreader sounds mental! I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a cheery report on homophobia.

  • ewe

    Bahati is vile bigot. Vulgar. Horrid. Empty. Void. Disgraceful.

  • John

    Substantially little has changed. They still WANT to kill queers and are only momentarily dissuaded from doing so by threats to cut off the foreign aid which Uganda’s government apparently cannot do without.

    A STORY SUGGESTION FOR QUEERTY: a detailed exposé of the U.S.-based ‘Christian’ funny-mentalist groups (and their tax exempt status) which are funnelling donations made by (perhaps naive) U.S. citizens into anti-LGBT hate campaigns in Africa.

    Some of these outfits may be using legitimate-looking charity fronts to lure in donations from well-meaning folks who would never knowingly support such murderous garbage. Such good people deserve to be warned.

  • JJH

    Thank God for Rachel Maddow. Otherwise, no one would have known about this story.

  • Paul

    Well, the work has been done. Gay people are afraid of vigilantism and activists have already been murdered. In effect, the law is in place.

  • WilliamG

    I’m glad that filthy republican trained monkey failed.

    If not for Rachel Maddow, lives would have been lost .

  • Reina

    It doesnt even matter what country is considering this kind of garbage, Whether its here or anywhere else gay bashing is stupid AND SHOULDNT BE TOLERATED!!!! … They keep quoting the bible to justify their behavior but the bible doesnt justify to kill someone because of their sexual preference. It is not our position to judge… The lord says let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I doubt very much that they will be killing anyone who has sex out of wedlock … The moral of human beings is ass backwards… LIVE and Let LIVE

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