'Kill The Gays' Uganda Bill Allegedly Supported By American Organizations

‘Kill The Gays’ Uganda Bill Allegedly Supported By American Organizations

An Anti-Homosexuality bill in Uganda, called the “Kill The Gays” bill since an earlier version called for the death penalty, is allegedly being supported by American organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA). As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Anti-Gay bill was promised as an “early Christmas gift” to Ugandans by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. According to Daily Kos, the “Kill The Gays” bill has not been passed yet but homosexual conduct is still illegal in Uganda and has been for a long time under existing law. Repeating offenders of homosexuality are punishable by life in prison.

The Anti-Homosexuality bill of 2009 claims that “same sex attraction is not an innate and immutable characteristic” and that the government must “protect the children and youths of Uganda who are made vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviation.” Sodomy, homosexuality, and other offenses are punishable up to seven years with life imprisonment or death reserved for “aggravated homosexuality.” An “offense” is “declared by law to be a felony or if not declared to be a misdemeanor is punishable without proof of previous conviction, with death or with imprisonment for 3 years or more.” The current version has not been released.

Uganda’s laws regarding sodomy supposedly began when recently converted Ugandan Christians refused to allow themselves to be sodomized by the King of Uganda in 1886. Enraged, King Mwanga had them torturously bound, marched 37 miles and then roasted alive in a fire pit. This date is still celebrated in Uganda to this day.

The United States also has a long history of laws criminalizing homosexuality. In 1778, Thomas Jefferson wrote a Virginia sodomy law that lowered the punishment from death to castration. Prior to 1962, sodomy was a felony in every state, punished by long prison sentences. The Model Penal Code removed consensual sodomy from its criminal code while making it a crime to solicit for homosexual sex. The American Psychiatric Association stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1973. Finally, as recently as 2003 the US Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas struck down the Texas same-sex sodomy law, ruling that sodomy cannot be prosecuted when committed in the privacy of your own home. Some states still maintain a variety of anti-homosexuality laws, including Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.