Friday, March 25, 2011

Brody's Notes... "Kill The Gays" Measure In Ugandan Parliament Shelved For Now

By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) MAR 25 | Reports from several reputable sources in Kampala, Uganda, indicate that the infamous measure euphemistically referred to as the "Kill The Gays" bill that was scheduled to be undergoing debate in that country's parliament's Law and Parliamentary Affairs committee this week, has apparently been shelved.
Late yesterday, Ugandan Information Minister Masiko Kabakumba appearing on Ugandan NTV, announced that the administration of President Yoweri Museveni had made the determination that the measure was redundant in consideration of existing laws already criminalising homosexuality on  the books.
Kabakumba told NTV:
“We had the Cabinet Subcommittee which gave us a report yesterday and we did realise that there are many things that are in the bill that are covered by other laws that are already in place. … And the law that is in offing, the Sexual Offences Bill, will cover most of the other issues that were going to be covered.”
David Bahati MP, the bill’s main sponsor in the parliament, appears unwilling to back down telling NTV that “95%” of Ugandans do not support homosexuality, a claim that Minister Kabakumba did not challenge. “Of course we are concerned,” she said. “We don’t condone homosexuality in our country.”
Warren Throckmorton, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Grove City College, who has been closely following the events in Uganda reported that Bahati has been assured by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee chair Stephen Tashobya that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will be debated in the committee.
The Ugandan government has come under increased international pressure because of the legislation. This week, the United States, which led the effort at the United Nations Human Rights Council for a resolution signed by 85 countries to end violence against LGBT people, has expressed displeasure with Uganda over the measure's draconian provisions.
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Desmond Rutherford said...

Hmm, a female minister in the parliament...the writing is on the wall for the eventual over throw of these unjust, unwarranted and unneeded laws of discrimination against LGBT people. Of course it would happen a whole lot sooner if the US fanatics would stay in their own backyard instead of lively crusading against human rights.