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Ugandan 'Kill the Gays' bill appears on Parliament agenda

Ugandan 'Kill the Gays' bill appears on Parliament agenda

A report by ThinkProgress, citing information from the Box Turtle Bulletin reveals the controversial 'Kill the Gays' bill is now on the agenda for a vote by the Ugandan Parliament.

A voting date has not been released, but sources state that it could be very soon. Previously, Ugandan Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had urged a quick vote, citing the legislation as being a 'Christmas Gift' to Uganda. Kadega would like a vote by 27 November, and has made no comment regarding threats of sanctions by other countries if the bill is passed.

According to the Box Turtle Bulletin, one of the charges that the bill will allow to be levied against the Ugandan LBGT community is 'aggravated homosexuality.' According to the report, this charge involves multiple violations and the individual being labeled as a serial offender.

The report also cites related offenses that can be grouped under the wide-reaching legislation, including charges of refusing to report a homosexual, renting real estate to a homosexual, supporting pro-gay causes and even using the Internet to support gay rights.

The penalty for 'aggravated homosexuality' is execution by the state.

Box Turtle provides the following details regarding the rewording of the bill to exclude the word 'death,':

1. Clause 3 (2) is amended by substituting for the words “…suffer death’’ with words “…the penalty provided for aggravated defilement under Section 129 of the Penal Code Act”.

Section 129 states that anyone who is found guilty of committing one of the sexual acts that has already been deemed illegal is 'liable to suffer death.;

Click here for a PDF of the bill (will open in a new window)

For more details, facts and figures, read more at ThinkProgress.

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