May 13, 2011 Leave a comment
Further continuing to defy western expectations that us poor oppressed marginalized people of color aren’t possessive of our agency, Ugandan female members of parliament staged a walk in explicit protest of the anti-homosexuality bill. Colorlines via AP reports that the bill is due for a special hearing today.
Bahati’s original bill would mandate a death sentence for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. “Serial offenders” also would face capital punishment. Anyone convicted of a homosexual act would face life imprisonment.
Anyone who “aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage of acts of homosexuality” would face seven years in prison. Landlords who rent rooms or homes to homosexuals also could get seven years.
If the bill is picked up by the next session, some, all or none of those provision could change during parliament negotiations.
CNN reports that the State Departments official position is condemnation of the bill:
The State Department Thursday condemned a proposed bill in the Ugandan parliament that could make engaging in homosexual acts a capital offense punishable by death. The bill may be debated Friday by the Ugandan parliament.
“No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “Both (President Barack Obama) and (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) publicly said it is inconsistent with universal human rights standards and obligations.”
The State Department says the current bill appeared on the parliament’s agenda Wednesday but lawmakers adjourned without debating it. The parliament plans to reconvene Friday, but Toner said it is not clear whether the bill will be debated or whether an amended bill still contains the death penalty.
Meanwhile the original author of the bill, and prime proponent of the proposal, David Bahati, continues to be a bigot in the most spectacular of ways, referring to homosexuals as victims in need of care.