Uganda Anti-Gay Bill Stalled After Global Outcry
Uganda Anti-Gay Bill Delayed in Debate
Uganda's parliament has delayed voting on a bill that would bring severe penalties against gays and lesbians, including capital punishment in some cases.
Aside from prompting a walkout from female members of Parliament, the anti-gay bill has prompted worldwide opposition.
The Uganda Anti-Gay Bill Is Not Dead
However, debate on the anti-gay bill will continue on May 13. Apparently the death-penalty clause has been dropped from the bill, which was authored by David Bahati in 2009. The new version of the bill was not made public.
The version of the bill which prompted the vote delay would carry prison terms for those "aiding and abetting" homosexuals, i.e. friends and family members who don't turn loved ones over to the police within 24 hours of finding out that they are gay.
If its parliament passes this bill, Uganda would join over 30 African countries to actively criminalize homosexuality. Uganda is predominantly conservative Christian, whose highest-profile preachers have ties with US-based fundamentalist churches. The US is also Uganda's largest source of foreign aid.