Ugandan MP Refuses To Withdraw Anti-Gay Bill

Jim Burroway

January 8th, 2010

Late last night, we noticed an item in Uganda’s largest independent newspaper reporting that the Ugandan Minister of State for Investment Aston Kajara said that the government would ask MP David Bahati to withdraw the Anti-Homosexuality Bill due to backlash from foreign investors. Now the Associated Press reports that MP David Bahati, the lawmaker who introduced the private member’s bill, will not back down:

“I stand by the bill,” Bahati said. “I will not withdraw it. We have our children in schools to protect against being recruited into (homosexuality). The process of legislating a law to protect our children against homosexuality and defending our family values must go on.”

Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo also insists that debate on the bill will take place in about three weeks, claiming that “there is no way government can withdraw that bill.” He also warns that any elected politician who opposed the legislation would be comitting “political suicide.” Parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for 2011.

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


January 8th, 2010

Damn it all to hell. Thank you for the update anyway.

I’m sure the Ugandan schoolkids see as many “recruiters” as ours do every day, which is to say, none.

Tom in Lazybrook

January 8th, 2010

I think everyone is missing a big point in the news story. It mentions that the Catholic Church supports the bill without the death penalty (!).

That would mean that the Catholic Church supports throwing Gays in prison for life (!) for the ‘crime’ of being Gay.

After the Vatican was protested in December of last year after its’ vote with Iran and Syria at the UN against a French resolution simply stating that Gays should not be imprisoned for being Gay, the Vatican stated that it did not support imprisonment for Gays. Does these news reports represent a departure from that policy? Has the Church verbalized its policy in the public press in Uganda?

David C.

January 8th, 2010

“I stand by the bill,” Bahati said. “I will not withdraw it.”—David Bahati

Then the economic and humanitarian impact will be severe, or perhaps another accident will be arranged.


January 8th, 2010

Keep this quote handy.

Any time, every time someone in the U.S. employs the ‘recruit children’ argument, we can accurately point out that how it leads directly to attempts to institute a death penalty GLBTQ people.

We all, bloggers and readers, pundits and politicians, Gay Inc. and grassroots gays, need to make sure that Uganda becomes and remains the public relations nightmare of homophobes everywhere.

Uganda shows the world that homophobia is a call for genocide.


January 8th, 2010

Tom: if you see the christmas messages from the catholic church in uganda (posted on BTB)… watch the videos and read the archbishop’s full speech… he doesnt completely oppose the bill, but he would like to see some amendments. He expressed concern over the death penalty, imprisonment (not just life imprisonment), and punishment for those who fail to report homosexuals within 24 hours. He also quoted the bible, “…do not judge…” while maintaining, that according to the catholic catechism, homosexuality is a sin and cannot be condoned/supported by the catholic church. He also expressed gratitude towards efforts to protect Ugandan families – as though he believes that that’s the true intention of the bill. I got the sense that he’s either a closet homophobe who has a problem with decriminalizing homosexuality, regardless of the vatican’s official position… or he was trying to avoid getting himself listed as a sympathizer or promoter of homosexuality in Uganda.


January 8th, 2010

PS: the archbishop spoke against imprisonment for gays, but Ugandan media widely reported that he opposed *life imprisonment* for gays. they were so widespread, that those incorrect reports almost seemed intentionally misleading.

Tom in Lazybrook

January 9th, 2010

I saw that. It appears as if someone in the Catholic Church may be playing the Yassir Arafat game (saying one thing in the west and another on the ground in the East).

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.


Latest Posts

The Things You Learn from the Internet

"The Intel On This Wasn't 100 Percent"

From Fake News To Real Bullets: This Is The New Normal

NC Gov McCrory Throws In The Towel

Colorado Store Manager Verbally Attacks "Faggot That Voted For Hillary" In Front of 4-Year-Old Son

Associated Press Updates "Alt-Right" Usage Guide

A Challenge for Blue Bubble Democrats

Baptist Churches in Dallas, Austin Expelled Over LGBT-Affirming Stance

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.