UPDATED: Ugandan “Kill the Gays” Bill Still On Schedule, May Yet Get Vote This Week or Next Parliament

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While the AP has reported that the bill is not on today’s agenda*, indications are that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 remains in committee and, if not today, may be acted on in Uganda’s next Parliament.

Dr. Warren Throckmorton reports:

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexual Bill is not on today’s parliamentary agenda. This morning parliamentary spokeswoman, Ranny Ismail, told me that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is still in committee. The report on the bill is indeed complete but in their procedure, the bill is still considered in committee and is not on the agenda for business today. She added that no more business would be done in this Parliament.

However, when asked if the anti-gay measure was finished, she said that Parliament could carry forward all unfinished business in all committees if a member makes a motion to do so and the motion passes. She said this has happened before. Because she was unsure about the fate of such a motion, she said she would not know the final outcome  until about 7pm in Kampala (noon est).

Whether the bill can be “carried over” procedurally or whether it will have to be reintroduced has yet to be determined. As soon as we have more on that, I’ll update.

The AP previously reported that the bill may have been shunned after an international outcry. Indeed, petitions against the bill have exceeded 1.4 million signatures and counting.

This is a breaking news story and may be clarified and added to as more information becomes available. Updates will appear below the fold.

*UPDATE 1: A revised paper shows that the Bill is still scheduled. Click here to view.

UPDATE 2: It appears that the AP report saying the bill had been dropped was incorrect. More over at Box Turtle Bulletin.

UPDATE 3: Dr. Throckmorton clarifies that, based on the word of a parliamentary spokesperson, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill can not be carried over into a new parliamentary session on its own and could only be forwarded to the 9th Parliament with a group of other bills that are still to be acted on. More here.

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Mark W.
m W.5 years ago

In the UK tonight BBC3 tonight 23:45 GMT (please this is not spam).
Scott Mills travels to Uganda where the death penalty could soon be introduced for being gay. The gay Radio 1 DJ finds out what it's like to live in a society which persecutes people like him and meets those who are leading the hate campaign.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.5 years ago


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Vera Y.
Vera Yuno5 years ago

I hope the virus of insanity goes away and Uganda's Parliament resolves this with inteligence and tolerance. We are in the XXI century , guys. Hello??? Wake up. it is non of our business what people do in their privates beds.

Beth M.
Beth M.5 years ago

Please keep us updated.