Uganda Reintroduces Anti-Homosexuality Bill
(KAMPALA, Uganda) -- A prominent Ugandan parliament member reintroduced a controversial anti-gay bill during a parliamentary session on Tuesday.
David Bahati is the architect of the proposed anti-homosexuality bill which he first introduced in 2009. Homosexuality is already illegal under Ugandan law, with prison penalties for violations. The previous bill imposed tougher measures including a death sentence for cases of aggravated homosexuality, serial offenders or those with HIV.
The bill was widely supported in the conservative nation's parliament but after international condemnation and threats from the United States and European countries to cut off aid to Uganda, the bill was dropped.
Bahati's new bill, which was applauded by lawmakers on Tuesday, imposes a life sentence instead of the death penalty and prosecution for anyone who fails to report violations to authorities.
Homosexuality is illegal in 37 of 53 African countries.
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