Saturday, December 21, 2013

Horrific anti-gay law passes parliament in Uganda

On Friday, the parliament in Uganda passed the long anticipated anti-gay law.
     
The law would provide life imprisonment for homosexual acts when at least one partner has HIV, but also provides prison for those who counsel homosexuals (some news reports said that it punishes failure to report homosexuals). The death penalty was not included.
    
CNN has a typical news story here  and the comments are illuminating as to showing the variety of attitudes. Who wants to be proud of a "culture" based on poverty and cronyism? Anti-homosexual laws got introduced into Africa during colonialism, and Uganda seems to have been fired up by a few imported “evangelists”.
    
The proponents of the law claim it is necessary to protect “family life” and children in Uganda.  It sounds like a thinly veiled claim that if homosexuality is not persecuted, fewer men will want to have children and continue their families.  That sort of reasoning seems to have influenced the anti-gay “propaganda” law in Russia, where Putin is very concerned about low birth rates and emigration. 
 
I have reviews of two films on the Uganda situation on Sept. 15 and Oct. 25, 2013 on the Movies blog.  Uganda is said to have the worst legal environment, but other countries, like Nigeria, have oppressive laws.  At one time Nigeria actually had active branches of Metropolitan Community Church.  South Africa seems to be the only major country that has turned around. 

In India, the country's supreme court has overturned a ruling invalidating its sodomy laws, and said that this matter belongs to its parliament. 

Update:

CNN re-aired its "Wine to Water" Heroes project tonight, a water project set in South Sudan and Uganda.  The Nile River starts in Uganda.  It would be impossible for an LGBT person to be sent to work on a water engineering project or volunteer in a country like this.  Think about the implications if you put "2 and  together"/  

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