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‘I am officially illegal’: Ugandan parliament passes ‘odious’ anti-gay bill

Uganda’s parliament on Friday passed an anti-homosexuality bill that would see repeat offenders jailed for life, reports and activists said. “I am officially illegal,” Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha said after the vote. The lawmaker behind the bill, David Bahati, said an extremely controversial death penalty clause was dropped from…

Uganda MP to drop death clause in anti-gay bill

A Ugandan lawmaker behind a proposed draconian anti-gay bill that sparked an international outcry said Friday he wanted to drop clauses that would see the death penalty introduced for certain homosexual acts. “There will be no death penalty at all… that will go,” David Bahati, the legislator who formulated the…

Uganda government denies backing anti-gay bill

Uganda’s government has distanced itself from a controversial anti-gay bill calling for severe penalties on homosexuality after it was reintroduced in parliament this week. But in a statement released late Wednesday, the government said parliament had the right to debate the legislation, which was shelved last year after widespread condemnation.…

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