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Right-wing Supports Uganda "Kill the Gays" Law

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Published on Dec 9, 2009

From the Seattle News Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/x-662-Strange...)
David Cato is not your everyday activist. The Ugandan native began advocating for gay rights after he had been attacked and beaten four times, arrested twice, fired from his teaching job, and had his sexual preferences published in the local press.

Its a question of visibility, Cato told the Associated Press. When we come out and ask for our rights they pass laws against us.

Much light now shines on the difficulties faced by this African nations homosexual community, thanks to one of the laws of which Cato speaks: the Ugandan parliament has proposed legislation that would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans.

According to the AP, the legislation in its current form would mandate a death sentence for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape, and also dictate that anyone convicted of a homosexual act face life imprisonment.

Additionally, anyone who aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage of acts of homosexuality faces seven years in prison if convicted. Landlords who rent rooms or homes to homosexuals also could get seven years and anyone with religious, political, economic or social authority that fails to report anyone violating the act faces three years.

Homosexuality already is illegal in Uganda: the Penal Code bans "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature," with a possible penalty of life imprisonment, but prosecutions are rare because the standard of proof requires that offenders be caught in the act.

David Bahati, the legislator sponsoring the bill, told the AP he was encouraging constructive criticism to improve the law but insisted strict measures were necessary to stop homosexuals from recruiting schoolchildren.

High school teacher David Kisambira agreed with Bahatis assessment, telling the Associated Press, A good number of students have been converted into gays. We hear there are groups of people given money by some gay organizations in developed countries to recruit youth into gay activities.

Gay Rights activists (and anyone with a modicum of both humanity and sanity) are raging against the proposed law, and both the British government and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have denounced the legislation. Sweden, calling the anti-homosexual bill appalling, threatened to cut $50 million in development aid it sends to Uganda.

The Associated Press points to a visit by leaders of U.S. conservative Christian ministries that promote therapy for gays to become heterosexual as the impetus for the legislation. The bill was introduced following a conference in Kampala earlier this year attended by American activists who believe gays and lesbians can become heterosexual through prayer and counseling.

One of those participants, preacher Scott Lively (who writes books suggesting ways parents can keep homosexuals from recruiting their children), told the AP he Agreed with the general goal but the law is far too harsh.

"Society should actively discourage all sex outside of marriage and that includes homosexuality ... The family is under threat, added Lively, author of The Pink Swastika. Gay people should not be parading around the streets.

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