UGANDAN LAWMAKER: ANTI-GAY BILL DOES NOT CONTAIN DEATH PENALTY PROVISION
November 30, 2012: The Ugandan lawmaker who originally authored an anti-gay bill proposing death for some homosexual acts said that a new version of the proposed legislation doesnât contain the death penalty.
Parliamentarian David Bahati said the bill, which is expected to be voted on next month, had âmoved away from the death penalty after considering all the issues that have been raised.â
âThere is no death penalty,â he told The Associated Press.
Bahati said the bill now focuses on protecting children from gay pornography, banning gay marriage, counseling gays, as well as punishing those who promote gay culture. Jail terms are prescribed for various offenses, he said, offering no details. The most recent version of the bill hasnât been publicly released.
The billâs original wording proposed the death penalty for cases where HIV-infected homosexuals had sex, where gay people had sex with minors or the disabled, and where gays were discovered having sex for the second time. Bahati said at the time that these offenses amounted to what he called âaggravated homosexuality.â (Sources: Associated Press, 30/11/2012)