The Ugandan Parliment is meeting tomorrow and could vote on the “Kill the Gays” Bill that makes homosexual acts punishable by death in the country. (Queer Corner has been covering the topic extensively.) Gay rights activists are mobilizing around the world with last minute efforts to stop the law from being passed.
Box Turtle Bulletin has been posting hourly updates on the progress of bill.
GetEQUAL is hosting a protest this afternoon outside of the Ugandan Embassy in Washington D.C. For those who can’t attend you can write an email or call the embassy urging they don’t support the bill with the information below:
His Excellency Professor Perezi K. Kamunanwire
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Tel: (202) 726 4758
Fax: (202) 726 1727
It’s being reported by the BBC that Pastor Martin Ssempa, who’s been a very vocal backer of bill, has asked the Ugandan Parliament to remove the death penalty from the bill. And last month David Bahati, the member of Uganda’s parliament who proposed the legislation, said that the death penalty “was something we have moved away from.”
Please join the fight and lend your support in any way you can. Though suggested that it be removed, the bill still includes the death penalty. If this bill passes in Uganda, who knows where it may be passed next.