May 11th, 2011
[UPDATE: 1:10 EDT: Parliament has recessed for the day, and has scheduled another session for Friday. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill will be scheduled for Friday. Please see this post for more information.]
[UPDATE: 11:15 EDT: The Washington Post’s version of the AP report has been corrected (at least to one extent) to identify the MP as John Arumadri, whose name is listed on Uganda Parliament’s list of MP’s. However, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was added to Parliament’s Order paper sometime between Warren Throckmorton’s post earlier this morning and now. At some point during the day, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was added to the agenda. Was it added after the AP report went out? At this point, I an disinclined to believe the AP report without further confirmation.]
[UPDATE: 10:40 EDT: The AP report is in error. The Bill is on the agenda. Apparently, it was added sometime in the past few hours. When Warren Throckmorton posted his announcement that the bill was not on the agenda earlier this morning, the link to the Parliament’s Order’s paper was different. That link now goes to a blank page requiring a login. The new Order Paper is posted at a different URL. Despite the erroneous AP report that appears to cite a non-existent Parliament member, the bill is still scheduled for a vote.]
[UPDATE: 10:12 EDT: The AP reports that the bill is not on the agenda. The report cites an MP John Alimadi, saying that “the bill may have been dropped from the agenda because of a worldwide outcry against it.” However, Uganda Parliament’s list of MP’s does not include anybody by that name. We have seen erroneous reporting about the bill in the mainstream press before. Skepticism is warranted until we learn further details from someone who verifiably exists.]
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is now officially scheduled to for a vote in Uganda’s Parliament. It is listed as the last item before adjournment in today’s published Order Paper. Pushing through seven bills in one day would be a remarkable feat for a body that typically works at a snail’s pace.
For comparison purposes, yesterday’s order paper called for a third reading for the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (Amendment Bill , and a second and third reading for the Companies Bill and the Marriage and Divorce Bill. Only the first item was acted upon. Today, the remaining two bills return for their second and third reading along with three others: the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill (which itself has also been contentious), the Ugandan National Meteorological Authority Bill, and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Kampala is seven hours ahead of the Eastern seaboard and ten hours ahead of the Pacific Coast. We hope to learn what happens later this afternoon.
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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"
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.
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