Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Uganda’s Cabinet throw out MP David Bahati’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The Daily Monitor in Uganda reported earlier this week that Cabinet drops Bahati’s gay Bill.

Cabinet has finally thrown out the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009 on the advice of Mr Adolf Mwesige, the ruling party lawyer. However, Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, the architect of the Bill, insists the proposed legislation is now property of Parliament and that the Executive should stop “playing hide- and- seek games” on the matter.

See also
Daily Monitor Blocking gays Bill is moral corruption -MPs
Reuters Uganda strikes down bid to revive anti-gay bill
Behind the Mask Uganda Parliament meets September 7 to decide on ‘Kill the gays bill’
Radio Netherlands Gay community cautious after Ugandan bill thrown out
The New Civil Rights Movement Uganda: The Stealth Campaign To Quietly Pass The Kill The Gays Bill
Uganda’s Cabinet throw out MP David Bahati’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill on the Changing Attitude website.

Posted by Peter Owen on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 at 11:42am BST | TrackBack
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By no means should anybody think Uganda conservatives have abandoned this effort.
I've seen other news stories that indicate the bill may be very much alive in the next session of Uganda's parliament.
I'm not as familiar with parliamentary systems as I am with American legislative procedures, but I assume that the majority party doesn't have exclusive control over everything, I assume that minority parties can still get legislation introduced and possibly even tabled (British English meaning of the word) and adopted.
Besides, if the Uganda government thinks that Uganda's current criminal code already encompass everything that Bahati's bill attempts to accomplish, that's just as bad for GLBT people. If you're being beaten, and left to rot in a prison cell, it doesn't matter to you whether it was because of a new bill that passed or a novel interpretation of already existing laws.

Posted by: peterpi - Peter Gross on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 at 1:48pm BST

Thank God for common sense from the Ugandan Cabinet.
We pray that these sentiments may continue, and our LGBT brothers and sisters in Uganda can live without fear of arrest, and even worse.
How sad the so called Christian Bishops still hold outdated ignorant views on sexuality. Like all frightened rabbits caught in the headlights, they are unpredictable and unstable

Posted by: Fr John E. Harris-White on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 at 4:44pm BST

One suspects, sadly, that the hierarchy of the Anglican Church in Uganda were not implicated in the dropping of this anti-Gay legislation.

On the contrary, one feels that they might yet seek to have the Anti-Gay ethos extended at the next parliamentary session. David Bahati's crowd obviously still have a malign influence in the Ugandan parliamentary system that will not go away. Conservative American support is still a factor in this legislation.

My prayer is that justice will prevail, and that the next session of parliament will resist any attempt to resurrect the endemic injustices meted out to the LGBT community in Uganda.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Thursday, 25 August 2011 at 12:51am BST

I'll believe it when LGBT Ugandans officially gain their *civil rights*, not merely a (temporary? illusory?) suspension of (obscenely!) *uncivil wrongs*.

Posted by: JCF on Thursday, 25 August 2011 at 8:19pm BST

>>Uganda’s Cabinet throw out MP David Bahati’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

He needs to meet Jesus. What else can you say?

Posted by: Randal Oulton on Sunday, 28 August 2011 at 9:53am BST
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