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UK Prepares to Ban Ugandan “Kill the Gays” MP; Ugandan Parliament To Delay Until 2011

Jim Burroway

April 20th, 2010

The Guardian reports two new developments in Uganda’s attempt to legislate gay people out of existence. First, the British Foreign Office, the Department for International Development and the Borders Agency are drawing up plans and procedures to ban Ugandan MP David Bahati, sponsor of the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, if he does not drop the bill. That bill, if passed, would provide lifetime imprisonment for gays and lesbians, and would impose the death sentence under certain circumstances. It would also criminalize knowing gay people with three years imprisonment for failure to report them to police. The Guardian also reports that a senior unnamed British governmental official said that the bill would become “major diplomatic incident if the Ugandans do not back down.”

The second development also comes from the same story in the Guardian:

Ugandan government officials appear to be using stalling tactics, suggesting it will not come to a vote until 2011, deflecting pressure from a government that could change in the forthcoming general election.

If true, that would confirm earlier reports which suggest that the bill is dead for now. But with President Yoweri Museveni’s bid to extend his twenty-five year rule for another five years, the bill could be resurrected at any time if Museveni decides it is to his political advantage.

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John
April 20th, 2010 | LINK

Dictators don’t usually get voted out of office. If there is a change in government, it will be due to force of some kind.

Paul in Canada
April 20th, 2010 | LINK

Good on the UK government. Leading by example – and so should all our governments – and not just Bahati but all the other nutbars in that Ugandan government!

Now, what could be done similarily with Vatican officials……….?

James Ash
April 21st, 2010 | LINK

Congratulations, Jim and Timothy et al, this heartening result from our mother country, a tribute to your efforts, brings tears to my eyes. The sun is rising.

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