After several years of back and forth, the Ugandan legislature has finally passed the anticipated anti-gay bill, but apparently with “only” life in prison for gay people instead of the death penalty. And it even will send you to prison if you don’t turn someone in for being gay. But apparently there’s a chance that it won’t become a law just yet.
Uganda’s parliament has passed a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life imprisonment in some cases.
The anti-homosexuality bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people.
The prime minister opposed the vote, saying not enough MPs were present.
The bill has been condemned by world leaders since it was mooted in 2009 – US President Barack Obama called it “odious”.
The BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga in Kampala says the government knows there will be an international outcry, which could see some countries suspend aid to the country.
She says that Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi might follow up on his complaints about a lack of quorum, while it remains to be seen whether President Yoweri Museveni will sign the bill into law.
Museveni is a fundamentalist Christian who has long backed this law, so it’s doubtful that he would refuse to sign it. But the lack of quorum could at least delay it.
The MP behind the bill, David Bahati, told the AFP news agency: “This is victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil.”
“Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way. It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks,” he said.
Oh, fuck you. Just fuck you. To claim you “value life” while destroying the lives of gay people is just fucking perverse. The bill also bans the “promotion” of homosexuality, like Russia does. Expect to hear the Christian right praising this bill, which will only reveal their real agenda. They aren’t just opposed to same-sex marriage, they want the power to put gay people in jail. That’s why they flipped out a decade ago when the Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws.
So remember, when the Duck Dynasty douchebag gets suspended by a private company for bringing negative publicity to their network, that is outrageous persecution, fascism and tyranny and the death of free speech. When people are thrown in prison merely for being gay, that’s “family values” and just standing up for God. On Planet Wingnuttia, logic and consistency do not exist.