Uganda Started Debating The ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill. Here’s Exactly What’s At Stake


Thirty-six-year-old Freshman lawmaker David Bahati’s masterwork is today hitting Uganda’s Parliament floor so everyone can get a look at what’s making Rachel Maddow lose sleep at night. Parents there — at the behest of the country’s “familiy values” group Family Life Network — are coming out in support of the bill. So what, exactly, are the terrible things that are at risk of becoming law in Uganda’s so-called “Kill The Gays” bill??

The death penalty. That’s what you’re looking at if you’re an adult over age 18 who has sex with someone of the same gender who is under 18. Or if you have gay sex while carrying HIV/AIDS. Or with a disabled person. Or if you are “a serial offender” who has gay sex often.

Life in prison. If you have consensual gay sex. Even if you do it outside Uganda’s borders.

7-year jail sentence. Anyone who “attempts to commit homosexuality” (i.e. makes a pass). Or anyone convicted of “aiding and abetting homosexuality” (i.e. providing a bedroom). Or anyone “promoting” it (i.e. introducing two partners).

3-year jail sentence. If you failed to report someone to the police within 24 hours of learning they had gay sex.

Here, Bahati speaks to the BBC in a recent interview