Uganda: President Blocks Anti Gay Bill, For Now

Written by scott on January 17th, 2014

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It looks like President Museveni has blocked the draconian anti-gay bill in Uganda for now.

Melanie Nathan at O-blog-dee-o-blog-da reports:

It seems that Museveni has not assented to the Bill and that he has sent it back to parliament. If this is true it could be good news. As that means it could still fail to pass next time around. Though it could pass on a two third majority vote after a debate and upon return if amendments are not made. It could pass at that point and then it will not require the Presidents signature for passage. But now there may be time to prevent it, if enough MPs can be convinced that it should not pass.

However, Nathan cautions that the president is no gay-rights fan:

It seems that the President has reiterated the very myth and lie upon which the proponents sought justification for the Bill by stating that apart from the people who are abnormal, it seems there is a group of those that become homosexual for “mercenary reasons”—they get recruited on account of financial inducements. He said this is a group that can be rescued and that many of the youth fall in this category. As for lesbians, it is alleged that he President said apart that from those born abnormal and those ones that may become lesbian for mercenary reasons, there may be those that go into the practice because of “sexual starvation” when they fail to get married.

Still, it’s good news that the bill has at least been delayed, and we may have another chance now to kill it.

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