September 7th, 2013
From Uganda’s largest independent newspaper, Sunday Monitor:
Bishop Emeritus for Bukedi Diocese Nicodemus Okile, who retired last year after 28 years of services on Friday accused Members of Parliament of debating issues of less serious consequences at the expense of matters with moral implications on the citizens. “The issue of homosexuality has been shelved. Members of Parliament should learn to deal with one issue at a time instead of haphazardly debating on matters,” Bishop Okile said. …”What about the Bill on homosexuality. Why has it gone silent?” Bishop Okile asked.
Okile made those remarks during the funeral for a fellow Anglican bishop. In 2008, Okile announced that he would no longer recognize Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams as head of the church because of his stance on homosexuality.
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill does appear to have gone dormant. The last time its passage appeared imminent was in late 2012 as Parliament was debating a controversial clause in a proposed Petroleum Bill which granted a presidential appointee exclusive powers to negotiate, approve, and/or revoke lucrative oil exploration and drilling contracts, all with virtually no oversight from Parliament. That measure squeeked through in a last-minute maneuver. Parliament also passed a controversial Public Order Management Bill, which gives the President and police broad powers to break up unapproved opposition meetings, including small gatherings in private homes. While those bills were being considered, the AHB was kept in reserve on Parliament’s official agenda, apparently to serve either as a distraction or as a politically necessary unifying vote. Since the Petroleum Bill’s passage, AHB slowly drifted down from its number one spot under Parliament’s “Business to Follow,” only to disappear altogether at the end of June, 2013.
The AHB remains a part of official business however, and can be brought back at any time. This Sunday Monitor report erroneously suggests that the death penalty has been removed, but Parliament has not actually taken the required vote to do so. You can see our clause-by-clause examination of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill beginning here.
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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"
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