Oh no! Since 2009, MadProfessah and LGBT activists around the world have been watching Uganda carefully because the Parliament has been considering draconian anti-gay legislation which would have imposed harsh sanctions on homosexual behavior, including the death penalty in some instances. The bill has been widely condemned, including by the President of the United States and many members of Congress.
Today comes word that the Uganda Parliament has given final passage to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009.
Uganda's parliament has passed a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life imprisonment in some cases.
The anti-homosexuality bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people.
The private member's bill originally proposed the death penalty for some offences, such as if a minor was involved or the perpetrator was HIV-positive, but this has been replaced with life in prison.
The bill also bans the promotion of homosexuality.
"I am officially illegal," Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha said after the vote.
The bill's supporters say it is needed to protect traditional family values, which they say are under attack from Western-inspired gay rights groups.
Its critics say the bill has been pushed by some US evangelical Christians.This is very sad news. It will be interesting to see what the result will be. I doubt the bill will actually become law.
Uganda is a socially conservative country and on Thursday passed an Anti-Pornography Bill, which bans miniskirts and sexually suggestive material such as some music videos.
Hat/tip to Joe.My.God