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Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law


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Cal
- 81 days ago - npr.org
A court in Uganda has thrown out a controversial law that mandated harsh punishments, including life in prison, for acts of homosexuality.



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Dimitris Dallis (2)
Friday August 1, 2014, 1:10 pm
More good news :)
Thanks Cal :)
 

Ashley heffner (458)
Friday August 1, 2014, 2:42 pm
I was going to post a story about this. Looks like you beat me to it. Well done.
 

AniMae Chi (412)
Friday August 1, 2014, 4:18 pm
Great news!

Thanx Cal
 

Natasha Salgado (538)
Friday August 1, 2014, 4:43 pm
This is great--hope it holds true. Thx Cal
 

Dandelion G. (380)
Friday August 1, 2014, 4:48 pm
This is terrific news Cal.....so good to read this. No one should be imprisoned for loving someone of the same sex. As long as they are both adults and it's consensual it's nobody's business. Live and let live.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 12:51 am
I think it's to early to celebrate this apparent victory. It was reached on a technicality of parliament lacking a quorum this is easily fixed by holding another vote this time with a quorum in place.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 2:49 am
Great news! Thanks Cal!!
 

Arild Warud (166)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 3:09 am
Let's hope this is a final decission.
 

Louise D. (38)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 4:28 am
I remember the almost gloating attitude of the Ugandan politicians who think nothing of the grubby habit of getting involved in their citizens' sex lives particularly with laws that violate the constitutional right to privacy and dignity, as well as the right to be free from discrimination and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The promotion of the law was done using completely dishonest tactics from the religious right whose message was taken hook, line and sinker in Uganda when the reality is gay people are just a convenient scapegoat, when the politicians are so bent they need to screw on their pants in the morning.
 

Ana R (220)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 4:34 am
well said, Alfred Donovan
noted with hope
Thank you, Cal.
 

Freya H. (306)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 9:20 am
Even if this is not a done deal, it is definitely a hopeful sign. Let us hope this means that Uganda will finally accept homosexuals for once and all.
 

Winn Adams (193)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 12:09 pm
This is good news and a step in the right direction. Monitoring their behavior should be done because actions speak louder than words. There is Nothing wrong with being Gay. Never has been, never will be.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 1:09 pm
"Technicality" or not, I believe what strongly influenced the Ugandan Court to rule this way, was the IMMENSE AMOUNT OF INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE from the International Gay Community AND ITS ALLIES!
That includes US, people!!!
Yes, small a part of this as we may have been, IT DID MATTER.
Those of us like me and all you here, who signed PETITION AFTER PETITION and expressed ourselves in other ways, maybe demonstrating or writing our Leaders...
actually MADE this happen, and it may lead to more and better things....

REVERSING a sinister trend! A trend SPONSORED BY THE U.S. RIGHT-WING RELIGIOUS BIGOTS, remember.... Ministers such as Scott Lively, going over to other countries like Uganda and Russia, and thru the Religious Bigots living in those countries, giving them the IDEA of passing stringent anti-Gay legislation the Religious Right couldn't get passed in the U.S., altho they tried...

"the law was criticized by Western leaders, including President Obama.... some European countries suspended assistance to Uganda over the law."
Yes, and they did this BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE US, PROTESTING OUR FOOL HEADS OFF.

There is a Care2 Group, Gay Rights Global, and YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO JOIN to keep current on various countries... for example, bet you didn't know that there's a challenge to the anti-Gay-marriage law in the U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, now did you?! That's the sort of thing we cover in that group...
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 1:32 pm
The Care2 Group's name is actually GLBT Rights Global. You are all invited.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 2:45 pm
CONGRATS!!! To all who worked so hard SIGNING AND CIRCULATING PETITIONS on the Uganda Atrocity;
and did lots of other good stuff too.

And EXPOSED the Right-wing Religious Washington DC "Family" as it's called,
and Scott Lively and all those other Ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who made a point of TRAVELING TO WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES AND EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES SUCH AS RUSSIA;
where they HOOKED UP WITH CHRISTIAN CHURCHES in those countries -
to PRESSURE PARLIAMENTS INTO ISSUING "MORALITY" and "FAMILY VALUES" and ANTI-GAY REGULATIONS.
Calling for Censorship, Imprisonment, even the DEATH PENALTY -

All stuff the Right-Wing Religious WOULD LIKE TO, VERY MUCH, but CAN'T INSTITUTE HERE BACK HOME.
Altho flush with their overseas "Success", they probably think they could come back home and TRY AGAIN...

And not incidentally, in all those countries like Uganda and Russia where the U.S. Religious Right has pressured Politicians to issue one form or another of anti-Gay legislation,
INTENSE STREET VIOLENCE HAS ALSO BROKEN OUT AGAINST GAYS, at an alarming level, and of course the Govts do nothing about it, it fits right into the "plan" -
which seems to be, for the Right-wing Religious, to EXTERMINATE GAYS FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH - [Genocide, by definition...],
or, to drive them back into the deepest Closet they've ever been in...
[Since they can't be "exterminated" as long as God keeps MAKING Gay People, can they!]
 

Catrin K. (166)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 7:11 pm
Great news , lets hope this will really stay in place and people will not be persecuted any way .
 

Frances Darcy (219)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 5:11 am
Great news.
 

Victoria McFarlane (0)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 7:43 am
Excellent. Thanks for posting.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Monday August 4, 2014, 5:42 pm
Alfred, indeed a good point.
Ashley, i was going to post also, having just noticed this on my e-mail from Aug, 2nd!
Cal, thanks for the posting, I hope that the IMMENSE AMMOUNT OF INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE that Bmutiny refers to keeps this damn law off the books, and that the Ugandans kick those bastard, manipulating religious bags of cess material out of the country!
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 6:48 am
I am placing a link to my new posting about this situation, hoping you take no offense, Cal. This is about a petition aimed at keeping that phobia based law off the books, as I am sure that there are people in Uganda, operating on fear, and other agendas (political?) who will try to reinstate it. Pressure from all over the world may help prevent that.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/565542931/3793437
 
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