Late last week, legislation was introduced in the Uganda parliament that expands criminal penalties for being gay.
The Anti-Homosexuality Law, Bill Number 18, in the Ugandan national parliament, has all the trappings of yet another gross violation of human rights structured on the premise that gays constitute some sort of threat to the general social welfare.
Under Uganda’s current penal code, any member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community can be imprisoned for up to 14 years if they are convicted of carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature. This new legislation would increase that sentence to life and, if one is convicted of aggravated homosexuality, carry a penalty of death.
That’s right—in 2009, at a time when states are moving toward recognizing marriage equality in our own country, Uganda is moving toward making life for the LGBT community in their country a living Hell.