Stop Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill (PETITION)

Uganda’s lawmakers are once again threatening to pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, legislation that, if left unaltered, could mandate the death penalty for “repeat offenders.” The bill must be stopped, and we have a brief opportunity to try.

The 8th Parliament ends at May’s close, and with it the bill will finally die — if, that is, the bill’s author David Bahati and other virulent supporters don’t expedite a vote before then.

The legislation currently sits in the Legal & Parliamentary Affairs Committee. Reports suggest that lawmakers in the committee have “put the bill on hold” but we’ve heard this before, and the legislation still has not been retired.

Lawmakers have said that they want an open discourse on the bill, even welcoming input from foreigners.

Stephen Tashobya, Chair of the Legal & Parliamentary Affairs Committee to the Ugandan Parliament told NTV, Uganda’s largest independent television network, (via Religion Dispatches):

“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill has generated a lot of debate and interest in our population, both for and against. And we are sensitive about that interest.

“So we shall put out public notices for all types of people, for even foreigners, let’s have a [unintelligible] to come and appear before the committee and have this matter resolved once and for all.”

This is our chance to prevent the bill even reaching a floor vote.

TAKE ACTION: SIGN THE PETITION TELLING UGANDAN LAWMAKERS TO ABANDON THE BILL

If passed, Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill would start a witch-hunt for homosexuals in the country. Its punishments include:

  • A 7-year jail sentence for consenting adults who have gay sex;
  • A life sentence for people in same-sex marriages;
  • Extradition and prosecution of LGBT Ugandans living abroad;
  • The death penalty for adults who have gay sex with minors, consensual or no,  or who communicate HIV via gay sex, regardless of condom usage or consent;
  • Jail for anyone who doesn’t report suspected gay people within 24 hours;
  • A ban on the “promotion” of homosexuality which is so open-ended that it would endanger HiV/AIDS treatment and sexual health clinics in the country;
  • The ban could also be used to effectively exclude gay people from petitioning the courts by making those representing them liable for criminal action;
  • Breaking all ties with international commitments and laws opposing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

These are just some of the ways in which this hideous legislation will endanger the lives and liberties of the Ugandan people.

Supporters of the bill, backed by certain American evangelicals, say this is about resisting a “gay agenda” but the only agenda here is preventing Uganda from sanctioning the human rights atrocities that must surely follow passage of legislation like this.

We have a brief window of opportunity to stop this bill. Let’s make the most of it.

TAKE ACTION: SIGN THE PETITION TELLING UGANDAN LAWMAKERS TO ABANDON THE BILL


To read more about the history of the bill, click here to read Care2′s past coverage.


Photo used under the Creative Commons Attribution License, with thanks to U.S. Army Africa.

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139 comments

Kendra S.
Kendra S.4 years ago

It's incredible how stupid and wicked people are. I get so wound up responding, I often have typos and I'm an excellent speller. There should not be ANY law murdering Gay people because they are Gay.

Olga Leonenko
Olga Leonenko4 years ago

Disgusting! Petition signed (#9,384), twittet, facebooked.
They still need 611 signatures to get it to targeted 10000, but I hope more people will sign.

Bessie V.
Bessie V.4 years ago

Thank you. I've just signed. I hope and pray that equality for all is put first and foremost by a positive change in legislation, promoting respect, tolerance, and compassion.

Rose N.
Rose N.4 years ago

I definitely signed! Thank you for posting.

Michaelann Bewsee

Scott Lively, who helped promote the Ugandan bill, unfortunately has moved to my home town, Springfield, MA. We've been blogging about him at http://ariseforsocialjustice.blogspot.com.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

If the bill passes, make sure you all Care2 members, wherever you live, work ferociously to make your Governments cease ALL aid to Uganda! No humanitarian, no developing, no disaster aid. NONE! Let them suffer. And at the same time, work as ferociously you can to make sure LGBT refugees from Uganda get asylum in your countries.

Barb greene
Barb greene4 years ago

Thank you!

ryan b.
Ryan B.4 years ago

Would someone please tell the leaders in Uganda that there are people in their country that are probably starving, need jobs, animals being cruelly poached, environmental issues, etc. so he leaves innocent humans beings alone?

Jenna Brennan
Jennifer B.4 years ago

Also, I wonder what the Westboro Baptist Church thinks about this?

Jenna Brennan
Jennifer B.4 years ago

Signed. This really is one of the sickest things Ive ever heard, ESPECIALLY in the name of religion. I am a very religious Christian but Christianity (and Islam also) is supposed to be about love and acceptance not hatred and violence. I pray for these people. May they see the error of their ways and someday find the true path to God and love.