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Uganda May Ban All LGBT Advocacy

Jim Burroway

July 3rd, 2009
Uganda Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Nsaba Buturo speaking about the government’s stand on homosexuality at a press conference on Wednesday. (Anna Batcheller/Daily Monitor)

Uganda Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Nsaba Buturo, speaking about the government’s stand on homosexuality at a press conference on Wednesday. (Anna Batcheller/Daily Monitor)

Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, James Nsaba Buturo, announced at a press conference on Wednesday that he would be submitting a bill before the Uganda Parliament to ban all forms of expression in support for LGBT people in that country:

He noted that once the Bill is passed into law, it will be an offence to publish and distribute literature on homosexuality or advocate for it. He also stated that it would become impossible for homosexuals to address press conferences and attract people to their cause, once the Bill becomes law. He, however, declined to reveal the penalties for offenders.

Buturo acknowledged that several donor organizations have asked for the elimination of that nation’s draconian anti-sodomy law. Many of those service organizations see the law as being a huge roadblock to their health and anti-HIV/AIDS efforts. Current law punishes homosexual acts with a lifetime sentence. Buturo was defiant against calls to ease these restrictions:

“I have been pressured by some donors to allow homosexuality, but I have told them they can keep their money and the homosexuality because it is not about charity at the expense of our moral destruction,” Mr Buturo said.

Mr Buturo said the homosexual forces are very powerful and operating through powerful governments to have their desire fulfilled but Uganda will not succumb to any pressure to legalise unnatural sex and homosexuality in particular.

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

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KZ
July 3rd, 2009 | LINK

If the research claiming that same-sex marriage bans and laws restricting sexual expression/advocacy increase HIV infection rates is true, then Nsaba Buturo’s actions are morally appalling and reprehensible.

Makkabee
July 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Even if that research isn’t true his stand is morally appalling and reprehensible. It’s not only an attack on homosexuals and their supporters but on freedom of speech and expression. Asking for a change in the law is now a criminal offense? That’s horrifying in and of itself.

Mike Airhart
July 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Buturo’s stand is moral if one believes — as Exodus International and the Freedom Federation do — that selected groups of sinners are exempt from any constitutional or human rights other than the right to be arrested, prosecuted, and convicted.

Burr
July 3rd, 2009 | LINK

“Asking for a change in the law is now a criminal offense? That’s horrifying in and of itself.”

It’s like Colorado’s infamous and ultimately struck down Amendment 2 on steroids.

jim
July 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Uganda’s messed up. Why do they hate “homos” so much? But it seems ok in Uganda to kill and rape.

Entire generations gone.

I will not go there.

Penguinsaur
July 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Uganda is what would happen if the ‘family values’ advocates got everything they wanted.

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