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Thursday, December 10, 2009

"There has been a distortion in the media that we are providing death for gays," says Ugandan MP

Ugandan MP David Bahati tabled the controversial bill and says that its provisions are intended to "protect the traditional family by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex". Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda. This new bill would allow the government to fine or imprison anyone found to be promoting homosexuality and to execute those having gay sex with disabled people or under-18s, or when the accused is HIV-positive.

BBC reports:
A Ugandan MP accused of calling for a "gay death penalty" says he has been misrepresented and is only trying to criminalize child abusers. David Bahati says the new offence of "aggravated homosexuality" is a penalty against "defilement" of under-18s. "There has been a distortion in the media that we are providing death for gays. That is not true," he said. "When a homosexual defiles a kid of less than 18 years old, we are providing a penalty for this."

"We are not after the sinners. We love them. We are after the sin," Mr Bahati told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme. "Homosexuality it is not a human right. It is not in-born. It is a behaviour that is learned and it can be unlearned." READ MORE

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