Ugandan ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Supporter: ‘Homosexuality is Killing Our Society’

With just days left until the official end of Parliament on Wednesday, advocates and opponents of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, known widely as the “Kill the Gays” bill for its death penalty provision, delivered another day of testimony on Monday in which key proponent of the bill Martin Ssempa said the bill was needed because “homosexuality is killing our society.”

A retired Anglican bishop spoke out against the bill, refuting most strongly the accusation that homosexuals are recruiting in the country, as had been offered in Ssempa’s testimony on Friday.

From the Associated Press:

One of the bill’s backers, an anti-gay pastor named Martin Ssempa, told the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee on Monday that he does not support the death penalty provision. He said instead that gays should face up to seven years in prison.

“The parliament should be given the opportunity to discuss and pass the bill, because homosexuality is killing our society,” Ssempa told the committee.

Retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo said the bill will not stop homosexuality but would instead turn Uganda into a police state and could increase the spread of HIV/AIDS because gay Ugandans would fear seeking treatment.

Senyonjo also disputed a common claim by backers of the anti-gay bill, who say school children are being recruited by gays.

“They naturally become so,” he said.

The AP also notes Stephen Tashobya, the head of the parliament committee where the bill currently rests, as saying that a report would be ready by Tuesday so that Parliament could take up the bill.

“Due to public demand the committee has decided to deal with bill. The bill has generated a lot of interest from members of the public and members of parliament and that is why we spared some time deal with before this parliament ends,” Tashobya is quoted as saying.

If the bill is taken up by Parliament it is expected to be fast-tracked through the hearings process and passed.

However, Dr Warren Throckmorton writes that, having spoken to Tashobya, the report may not be finished by Tuesday. Parliament ends Wednesday but is constitutionally in place until May 18 and therefore a special session could be called, though this would be a somewhat extraordinary move.

Also, several other pieces of legislation still require action, including procurement and company bills which appear to be front-runners for attention at this stage. That said, it is still conceivable for the Speaker to bring about a vote on the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill’ by Wednesday. Read more on that here.

An AllOut petition to President Yoweri Musevini asking that he veto the bill has gained over 20,000 signatures in the past two days. You can sign that petition here.

Our Care2 petition that sends your signatures directly to Stephen Tashobya, head of the parliament committee who is currently writing his report concerning testimony on the bill, can be signed below:


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


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Brian P.
.6 years ago

@Scott W. - I'm sure that grade 4 was the hardest 6 years of your life but please don't take so much pride in your thinly veiled hatred and ignorance - what a sad, narrow man you present yourself as. The purpose of this site is to demonstrate and encourage care for humanity, our planet and our environment but I see little evidence of caring based on postings like yours and that's just sad too.

@Robert B. has it right and you would do well to consider it also. The key is EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION! Ignorant people cannot solve their own problems (but they sure can create a lot of them!)...having a narrow world view and hiding behind religious texts as an excuse to marginalize, kill or otherwise cause hurt to people is never something to be proud of or celebrated.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Polygami, aids/hiv, poverty, malaria, ignorance, illiteracy, wars, hunger. THIS is what's killing Uganda. NOT people with the ability to love someone else but themselves!

Pego R.
Pego R6 years ago

And thus you see the sort of folk that know nothing, and are perfectly willing to foster a culture of death in another country.

Scott W.
Scott W.6 years ago

I support this bill, the thing is gays are cripples of normal society. Homosexuality is not normal no matter how hard you all try to convince others, it would be the same as saying zoophilia is normal it's just not and never will be accepted by society! The only normal relations are between man and a woman. The hate is due to the fact that it's not normal there is no other reason, there are no fears or anything as others here try to explain it's just pure hate for people who are freaks of world. And this hate will be forever. It's sad to see that a person would rather stay lonely and miserable because gay relations never last long, than have relations with a woman that will love this person for the rest of his life spending the last of his days with his beloved wife and family. You see here is the difference, being gay means wasting your life not knowing true bits of life although most gays have been sexually assaulted or had terrible childhood. It's true but it's still no reason to give up on your life and be gay. Trying to convince someone to be gay is same as trying to convince someone to kill them self and that they're life has no exits. Don't let others to convince you to be anything stay on your road and don't pay attention to those stupid homos. Being gay means end your family tree, be a cause for negative attention, have lot's of difficulties in your life, and end up old and lonely that no one gives a damn care about. Turn away from gay! Be normal.

Adam G.
Adam G6 years ago

the real risk to their (and any) nation is ignorance... the ignorance of homophobia, for example.

and "homosexuals are recruiting" ??
what, they have a booth set up, promising good pay & adventure? your choice of pink or rainbow uniforms?
geez, some people will make up any old crap to con others into believing their mindless ignorant drivel.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago

There have been many things that have killed Uganda's society. Homosexuality isn't one of them. Some of the comments by the supporters of this legislation or the lesser amendments spout information that is plainly a lie. School children being recruited by gay people? I mean, seriously, who apart from homophobic idiots can believe such stupidity.

Christine S.

Such an ignorant person to hate gays so much.

Lilithe Magdalene

@Saundra Holloway - Seriously? Not it isn't. Why do you want to join in such hate? What are you so afraid of?

Petitions signed. May compassion reign on earth. It is so desperately needed.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

This came from the US Religious right.. we need to acknowledge that.

Brian P.
.6 years ago

@Saundra Holloway - I challenge you to expand on and support your position but doubt you will or can as it would only serve to illuminate your stupidity and/or ignorance. Wish this site had a thumbs down option.

The cure for ignorance is education...unfortunately fixing stupid is impossible.

EQUALITY and education for all!