Ugandan clergy keep pushing anti-homosexuality bill, but …

Archbishop Henry Orombi and member of parliament David Bahati (Photo courtesy of NewVision)
Archbishop Henry Orombi and member of parliament David Bahati (Photo courtesy of NewVision)

Ugandan religious leaders have renewed their appeal to parliament to pass the so-called “Kill the Gays” bill that has been under consideration for years.

In the recent Uganda Joint Christian Council meeting, clergy said toughening Uganda’s laws against homosexual behavior would combat same-sex marriages, which they see as  threatening the moral fabric of Ugandan society.

But according to various news articles, such as that of the Ugandan news website New Vision, the meeting did not focus primarily on the anti-homosexuality bill, which reportedly is opposed by President Yoweri Museveni.

Instead, the clergy focused on proposals to limit the power of the president and to grant state funding to faith-based groups for health and education programs.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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