Ugandan Parliament Revisits Kill-The-Gays Bill
BY Michelle Garcia
October 25 2011 5:34 PM ET
Uganda's Parliament will revisit a bill that sent shockwaves around the world, proposing jailing and possibly executing gay Ugandans.
Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said a committee will weigh whether to bring the bill to a full vote, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced by Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati in October 2009. The bill could mandate the death penalty or life in prison for people who are identified as gay, or caught engaging in homosexual acts.
Earlier this year, at the end of the previous legislative session, Parliament decided not to give a final vote on the legislation after international outcry was directed at the African nation. Both U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.K. Foreign Secretary Willliam Hague condemned the bill, and more than 1,681,000 people around the world signed a petition urging the Parliament to let the bill die.