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And now in a foreign government begrudgingly dropping murder provisions news...

by Jeremy Hooper

It's hard to call something "good news" when even the more positive outcome is beyond disgusting. But this Uganada development is undeniably better, even if it's millions of miles away from anything close to okay:

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Uganda will drop the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays in a refined version of an anti- gay bill expected to be ready for presentation to Parliament in two weeks, James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity, said.

The draft bill, which is under consideration by a parliamentary committee, will drop the two punishments to attract the support of religious leaders who are opposed to these penalties, Buturo said today in a phone interview from the capital, Kampala.

Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati presented a private member’s bill on Oct. 14 which sought the death penalty and life imprisonment for gay people in the country. The Ugandan government supports the bill because homosexuality and lesbianism are “repugnant to the Ugandan culture,” Buturo said. Still, it favors a more refined set of punishments, he said.

KEEP READING: Uganda to Drop Death Penalty, Life in Jail for Gays [Bloomberg]

Oh, when a pressured agreement to not kill your global brothers and sisters is considered a "victory" for your community. Jealous, heteros?

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They probably put the more heinous of the punishments into the bill just to give the hatemongering religiots a fake platform to stand on to "prove" their "temperance", knowing full well that those punishments wouldn't make it into the final bill. That way when the rest of the hate filled bill is enacted, they can feign compassion, where no compassion or tolerance ever existed.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Dec 9, 2009 5:51:22 PM

So... Uganda has an AIDS problem, and it's all the fault of teh gays. Instead of letting Ugandan gays kill each other off with AIDS, they're going to make HIV+ gay people into straights. That way, they can spread AIDS to the moral and upstanding straight population.


Posted by: DN | Dec 9, 2009 6:37:28 PM

What is wrong with these Ugandan Dominionists? They have gone totally off their rockers, and I blame the American Dominionists for this. They are on a constant crusade to deprive others of their rights. Rick Warren and the others who think like him have blood on their hands, just as surely as Hitler did.

Posted by: majii | Dec 9, 2009 6:43:13 PM

Turns out that the American Taliban (aka: The Family) had a pretty direct involvement in the formulation, and now supporting of the Ugandan "kill the gays" bill. Both the drafter of the legislation, and the Ugandan minister of "morals" who is supporting the legislation, are members of The Family. And, both of them have been planning to attend the national prayer breakfast next year. This year, Obama attended that prayer breakfast, and there is at least some reason to believe that he might attend next year.

So, the "kill the gays" bill was written by and supported by members of The Family; the same thugish, clandestine, Talibanian, theocracy promoting group that several radical religiots in the US Senate and House belong to, TODAY. While we can take some solace in the reporting that there is some (perhaps even more than "some") blowback even amongst members of The Family over this very subject, the fact that these politicians are in bed with this Talibanesque organization at all, is deplorable.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Dec 9, 2009 10:04:17 PM

It is amazing that only a couple of countries south they have full marriage equality.

AIDS among the local culture is an issue because:

1) Men are encouraged to father many children with different women (even if the official stance on this position isn't recognised by the government... but they know it)

2) They deny some major facts about the virus

It has relatively nothing to do with gay people in Africa.

The government should be more focused on straight people and children dying from AIDS due to their ignorance and "lifestyle".

Posted by: Forky | Dec 10, 2009 1:15:10 AM

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