When a Ugandan court overturned that country’s harsh anti-gay law passed late last year, I didn’t cheer about it because I knew it was a technicality that was easily fixed and I knew that it was only a matter of time before the Ugandan legislature passed the law again, but with a proper quorum this time. And here we go:
Just days after the country’s constitutional court struck it down, some Ugandan lawmakers and religious leaders are pushing to revive the country’s controversial law that criminalized homosexuality with a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Because the court invalidated the law on what its supporters are calling a “technicality” (it was passed in Parliament without a quorum), its backers want to pass the same law again, as quickly as possible.
On Tuesday, members of parliament supporting a new version of the measure held a press conference to announce that they would try to push a nearly identical version of the Anti Homosexuality Act through parliament within the next three days. The legislators claim to have nearly 100 of their colleagues signed up for the newest attempt to pass the law, according to government watchdog site Parliament Watch.
The latest version of the law would look more or less like the old law, imposing stiff jail terms on homosexual individuals and organizations who work on LGBT rights in the country.
However, there could be one addition this time: Parlimentarian Nabilah Naggayi Sempala said at the news conference that she’d like to see the law criminalize the act of heterosexual anal intercourse.
So not only is it almost certainly coming back, it may be even worse. Appalling but completely unsurprising.