Ugandan Anti-Gay Law, the Sequel


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.

Comments

  1. coragyps says

    The story is that Texas considered criminalizing all buttsex once, but some bright legislator brought up the concern “where will the next generation of lawyers come from?”

  2. Nemo says

    So, why did they try to pass it without a quorum in the first place? Was it just a stupid oversight, or were legislators intentionally absenting themselves for the express purpose of denying the bill a quorum?

  3. Artor says

    Nemo, I think it was a case of legislators being so eager to hate on gays, they jumped the gun and passed the bill before they could gather everyone. The surprising thing is that the Ugandan courts even recognized the non-quorum problem.

  4. dingojack says

    BULLWINKLE: Hey Rocky watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!
    ROCKY: But that trick never works.
    BULLWINKLE: This time for sure! [Reaches into his top hat] — PRESTO!!
    [Camera pulls out to reveal BULLWINKLE has pulled out ROCKY from his hat]
    BULLWINKLE: Well, I’m getting close!
    ROCKY: [turns to audience] Now it’s time for another special feature.
    @@
    Dingo

  5. Pierce R. Butler says

    From Al Jazeera: Ugandans Baffled by Sleeping Ministers: Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working. … At the most recent state-of-the-nation address, Uganda’s second deputy prime minister wore sunglasses too dark to enable anyone to see whether his eyes were open or closed. …

  6. dingojack says

    Artor – maybe they expected a quantum quorum?

    Pierce R. Butler – “At the most recent state-of-the-nation address, Uganda’s second deputy prime minister wore sunglasses too dark to enable anyone to see whether his eyes were open or closed. …”
    Ugandans can deliver the State of the Union in their sleep — take that Congress! :)

    Dingo

  7. sabrekgb says

    The surprising thing is that the Ugandan courts even recognized the non-quorum problem.

    Just goes to show that you can have the rule of law without having liberty. The former usually assists the latter, but the latter is not necessitated by the former.

  8. anubisprime says

    So it would appear that Scott Lively will not get his apology after all…

    The misery, heartache and blood of probably thousands of folks he has never met will stain this pariah for eternity, but he will just bath in it in smug recognition that he enabled the abomination…this xtians’s work is done here…I hope the fuckin’ vermin that support this psychopath are all proud of themselves !

    Amen

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