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UGANDA: The anti-gay bill & persecution of homosexuals

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2010 - An Ugandan worshiper cries after Ugandan Pastor Martin Ssempa screens what he called "gay porn" to support the Anti-gay bill during an Anti-Gay rally at Christianity Focus Centre in Mengo Kisenyi held by religious and political leaders who are fighting homosexuality. David Bahati, Ugandan politician, member of the ruling National Resistance Movement and MP in the Ugandan parliament, came to international attention in October 2009 after introducing the Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a Private Member's Bill on 13 October proposing that a new offence be created in Uganda named "aggravated homosexuality" which would be punishable as a capital offence. The proposals included plans to introduce the death penalty for homosexuals who practiced gay sex with people under 18, with disabled people, when the accused party is HIV-positive. or for those previously convicted of homosexuality-related offences. The bill also includes provisions for Ugandans who engage in same-sex sexual relations outside of Uganda, asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non-governmental organisations that support LGBT rights. Homosexuality is currently illegal in Uganda--as it is in many sub-Saharan African countries--punishable by incarceration in prison for up to 14 years. The proposed legislation in Uganda, however, has been noted by several news agencies to be heavily influenced by American evangelical Christians. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus