The Ugandan bill formerly known as “Kill The Gays” in 2009, passed on December 20, further criminalizing homosexuals in the Southeast African country. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill mandates life imprisonment for gay sex offenders involving HIV-positive individuals, acts with minors and the disabled, and for repeated “offenses” between consenting adults.
“This is a piece of legislation that is needed in this country to protect the traditional family here in Africa,” declared David Bahati, a member of Uganda’s parliament who created the original bill. Supporters of the new law conclude it will protect Africa from Western civilization values.
The new bill will criminalize anyone who supports homosexuals, with up to a 5 year prison term sentence. Anyone who conducts marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples could face up to seven years behind bars and failure to report homosexual activity to police is also penalized. Doctors who treat gays, landlords who rent them property and those suspected of being LBGTQ are subject to five-year prison terms under the new bill.
Director Ross Murray, director of news at the U.S. at the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, described the bill as ”one of the worst human rights violations of our time.” A recent newspaper headline from the country read, “Hang them; They Are After Our Kids!” Uganda’s gays fear extreme violence in wake of the new bill passage.
President Yoweri Museveni must sign the bill within 30 days to make it official.