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So there's this hilarious piece of legislation that's about to come to a vote in Uganda, progressive home of Idi Amin Dada. It aims not to outlaw homosexuality (which has already been illegal there for over 100 years, thanks to British colonialism), but to essentially remove it from existence. Among the provisions of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 -- written by a first-time legislator, and wildly popular with the Ugandan public:

- Any homosexual act is punishable by seven years in prison.
- Defending or promoting homosexuality is also punishable by jail time, as is failing to report people you know to be engaging in homosexuality.
- Entering into a same-sex marriage is punishable by life imprisonment.
- Any Ugandan who leaves the country and engages in gay sex elsewhere would be subject to extradition, and punished as if they had committed their acts under Ugandan law.
- Ugandans would face the death penalty for engaging in gay sex with anyone under 18, or for being homosexual recidivists.
- Other 'crimes' involving mandatory jail time would include teaching safe sex for gays and writing books about homosexuality.
- In a delightful cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-fag maneuver, Uganda -- a relatively poor country that is heavily dependent upon foreign aid -- would withdraw from any treaty involving countries that recognize civil rights or protections for homosexuals.

The bill, which is almost certain to pass, faces such widespread popularity -- and such vigorous defenders -- that many progressive legislators in Uganda are afraid to speak out against it for fear of being labeled gay or gay-sympathetic themselves. Of course, if the bill does pass, being gay-sympathetic would become a crime punishable by imprisonment.

Those crazy intolerant Muslims! Am I right, folks? Oh wait the bill is sponsored and supported by evangelical Christians in Uganda who are being financially supported by wealthy American fundamentalists. But still! Muslims! They're so intolerant!

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adam_0oo
Dec. 16th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Keep it classy Uganda.
stevegreen
Dec. 16th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Does this mean Uganda might begin returning our aid cheques?
doraphilia
Dec. 16th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
I heard something on NPR a few weeks ago about the secret family of right wing people who fund this kind of stuff all over the world. it's so fucked up.
perich
Dec. 16th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I wish they had something more substantial on the connection to The Family, as that's a name people need to start hearing and wincing at more.

That said, good link.
faeriemuriel
Dec. 17th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
I wonder if this is some kind of reactionary thing to HIV?

I did just get out of a class where my teacher's field site was war-failed Uganda, and her study group was child soldiers, though. So this article is...a lot of different things to me right now.
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