Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ugandan Lawmakers Reported to Be Drafting Another Anti-Gay Law

Legislators in Uganda previously passed an Anti-Homosexuality Act  that the Uganda Constitutional Court nullified in August 2014 because that bill had been passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.  Before that law was nullified, several countries had cut off or redirected financial assistance to Uganda because of that anti-gay law.  Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, welcomed the decision of the Constitutional Court at the time and called for efforts to decriminalize same-sex relationships and address the stigma and discrimination against LGBT persons in Uganda.  He also noted that the African Commission on Human and People's Rights had adopted a resolution on protecting LGBT persons from violence on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Instead of moving on to other issues, some lawmakers in Uganda have been drafting new legislation that they reportedly want to introduce for debate before the end of the year to punish the promotion of homosexuality.

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has said that anti-gay legislation threatens Uganda's economic ties with other nations.

Scott Lively, an  American citizen living in Massachusetts, has been sued in the United States under the Alien Tort Act for his role in promoting antigay laws in Uganda.


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