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Ugandan MP Defends “Kill Gays” Bill

Jim Burroway

December 10th, 2009
Uganda MP David Bahati, prime sponsor of the Anti-Homosexuality Act

Uganda MP David Bahati, prime sponsor of the Anti-Homosexuality Act

Ugandan Member of Parliament David Bahati, who introduced the Anti-Homosexuality Act into Parliament, appeared on the BBC’s Focus On Africa program to talk about his handiwork. Bahati appears not to have gotten the memo about the death penalty being eliminated or the trial balloon of dropping the whole bill that was floated on the Uganda government’s official Media Centre web site. Bahati remained firmly behind the bill, saying that it is all about responding to child sexual abuse:

David Bahati says the new offence of “aggravated homosexuality” is a penalty against “defilement” of under-18s. “There has been a distortion in the media that we are providing death for gays. That is not true,” he said. “When a homosexual defiles a kid of less than 18 years old, we are providing a penalty for this.”

This, of course, is an outright lie. The text of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which we have posted online and refer to continuously, defines “aggravated homosexuality” this way:

3. Aggravated homosexuality.
(1) A person commits the offense of aggravated homosexuality where the

(a) person against whom the offence is committed is below the age of 18 years;

(b) offender is a person living with HIV;

(c) offender is a parent or guardian of the person against whom the offence is committed;

(d) offender is a person in authority over the person against whom the offence is committed;

(e) victim of the offence is a person with disability;

(f) offender is a serial offender, or

(g) offender applies, administers or causes to be used by any man or woman any drug, matter or thing with intent to stupefy overpower him or her so as to there by  enable any person to have unlawful carnal connection with any person of the same sex,

(2) A person who commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death.

(3) Where a person is charged with the offence under this section, that person shall undergo a medical examination to ascertain his or her HIV status.

This clearly goes way beyond rape or child molestation. Anyone who is HIV positive and gay is subject to death by hanging. As is anyone who is a “serial offender” — someone who has had more than one lover, or maybe even someone who has had sexual relations more than once with the same person.

Bahati also declared:

“Homosexuality it is not a human right. It is not in-born. It is a behaviour that is learned and it can be unlearned.”

Gee, I wonder where he got that idea?

Click here to see BTB\’s complete coverage of the past year’s anti-gay developments in Uganda.



December 10th, 2009 | LINK

Uh, you might want to change or omit “mere” when referring to child rape or molestation. You’ll make the point by simply saying, “This goes beyond rape or child molestation…” Adding “mere” is redundant and callous.

Jason D
December 11th, 2009 | LINK

How on earth did I “learn” to be gay?

Perhaps it was one of these books?

“10 Steps to A Gayer You”

“So You Want To Be A Homosexual” (Pamphlet)

“The Idiot’s Guide To Homosexuality”

But in all seriousness, I’ve known I was attracted to other guys since just before puberty. Nobody taught me anything in that regard.

Of course, this fool is defining us by sexual ACTS. And if this were the case, then heterosexuality is also not in-born, it must be “learned” as well. The problem therein being attraction — something that is often ignored, or who’s importance is minimized.

I have said this before. I am not a straight house covered in gay paint. I’m a gay house. If you removed my homosexuality, I would not have any sexuality whatsoever.

December 11th, 2009 | LINK

So Rachel Maddow reported that David Bahati is going to be in dc for their Annual Prayer Breakfast.. Has anyone heard of a protest around his presence?

Big Tex
December 11th, 2009 | LINK

Jim, I discovered your web site through Daily Kos and just wanted to express my appreciation for your effort in covering the developments in Uganda. Please keep up the good work!

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