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2 Mar 2010

Uganda gay bill critics deliver online petition

Campaigners opposing Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill have taken an online petition to parliament, signed by some 450,000 people from around the world.

The following is an excerpt of a BBC report:

Pastor Martin Ssempa, an anti-gay clergyman in Uganda, reportedly showed gay pornography to about 300 people in his church in an attempt to gain support for proposed anti-homosexuality laws. Read more on BBC.

The petition is the latest attempt to halt the bill, which carries the death penalty for some homosexual acts.

US President Barack Obama has called the proposed legislation "odious".

The European Union has also condemned the bill, as did Britain's Africa minister, Baroness Kinnock, when she visited Uganda last week.

The petition was delivered by counsellors, who could face jail for failing to inform the authorities if somebody confided their homosexual activities to them. 

"This is a bill that requires various members of community, family members, service providers and spiritual mentors to "spy" on one another," a letter accompanying the petition reads.

The campaign is being led by Anglican priest Canon Gideon Byamugisha and he has been joined by HIV/Aids activists and civic organisations.

Campaign group Avaaz, which organised the online petition, hopes to get one million signatures.

Meanwhile, Uganda's New Vision newspaper reported on Mar 1 that the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Ssekandi, has told those opposing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that it will not be withdrawn.


Reader's Comments

1. 2010-03-04 22:12  
I , poor silly me , who thought that the times of Idi Amin were gone forever for Ugandans. However cruel & despicable his actions may have been , I still cannot recall him preaching death and hatred of gays , in the name of God. Didn't Christ say , " Love each other as I have loved you all." Unless the Ugandan pastor read some footnotes that specifically excluded gays , he sure needs help !
2. 2010-03-05 03:31  
euuuuuwwwwwww.....and GOD SAVE ME!!!

hope this kind of law will not be implemented here in Malaysia.

and God bless the demon-laden Uganda...

3. 2010-03-05 17:03  
The online site for the online petition to withdraw the anti-gay law in the dark of Africa

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/uganda_rights/. Pass this around.

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