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“Kill The Gays” Bill reintroduced in Uganda

Here we go again…Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill a.k.a “Kill The Gays” bill which was first introduced by Ugandan MP David Bahati in 2009 went in the back burner when the parliament was adjourned last May without deciding the fate of the bill, has now been re-introduced this Tuesday in the parliament.

Among other inhuman punishments against LGBT people in the country, the most controversial was the death penalty for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. If people continue to have homosexual sex, which is termed in the bill as “Serial Offenders”, would face death penalty too.

The bill would also put people behind bars irrespective of gay or straight, for up to three years if they fail to report within 24 hours the identities of anyone they know who is LGBT, or who supports the human rights of people who are.

The bill has been strongly critisized by other leading nations including US and after the huge condemnation from the rest of the world and LGBT and human rights activists, Bahati informed the death penalty clause has been dropped from the original bill. Although an amended bill has not been published.

In support of the bill Bahati said, it will help protect the children of his country who are apparently in danger from the gays.

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Uganda..”Kill The Gays” bill.. Please sign

This is my 3rd post on Uganda. The last one was in November.

This atrocious bill has been swinging like a pendulum  since its conception from being almost making into a law, to being scraped to again revived and considered to be put into law.

Along with this, we have been subjected to a roller coaster emotional ride. We were shocked when this was first proposed, then started breathing a tad bit freely when the death penalty was said to have been removed. Then we heaved a big sigh of relief when it was declared that the bill has been scraped for good.

Now it is back and maybe by this weekend it would be signed as a law, with the death penalty et. al.

When the religious groups claim that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, and can be altered through therapy, it can safely be assumed that once this bill passes into law, there will be no gays in Uganda. Because who in the right mind would choose to be gay when there is a death penalty, if found out.

Amongst all the tortures and discriminations and killings, if there still are LGBT people in the Islamic countries and places like Uganda, does it not clearly say, that it’s not a choice. If that had been the case, the gays in these countries would have gladly chosen to be straight when the other option is death?

This reasoning seems pretty simple and rational to me… wonder why it doesn’t to all the religious fanatics and politicians across the globe.  Using once in a while the limited stock of grey cells that God has given you, is not a bad thing.

I just hope I would have to write just one more post on Uganda and may it be a positive one.

Below, I am posting a link… please go there and sign the petition. Your signature may just save a few lives.

Thank you for your co-operation.

http://www.allout.org/en/petition/uganda

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