Uganda's ugly anti-homosexuality bill is almost dead
Back in January, I told you about a proposed law in Uganda that would criminalize homosexuality. Not only that, it would require gays and lesbians to be reported to the authorities. And it would make being gay punishable by death. Looks like all the international outrage that horrific bill whipped up is having an effect. A commission created by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has recommended that the legislation be withdrawn.
Ugandan lawmaker Adolf Mwesige led the commission and, according to the New York Times, "said that virtually all clauses in the legislation were either unconstitutional or redundant, and that any other clauses should be placed in another bill dealing generally with sexual offenses." Mwesige told the paper, “If we proceeded, it would definitely provoke criticism, and rightly so.”
The bill won't be dead until it is officially dropped or voted down by the Ugandan parliament. This is expected to happen within weeks, Mwesige told the Times. It's sad and enraging that a bill so hateful, so backward, so wrong came so close to becoming law.
| May 11, 2010; 10:08 AM ET
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