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Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill Delayed Amid Outcry

May 12, 2011

Debate and vote on a bill that once proposed the death penalty for homosexuals in Uganda in certain cases, including for those having HIV, has been postponed on account of a walkout by a female lawmaker over an unrelated bill. Parliament will likely hold an extraordinary session on Friday to discuss the measure, which has been internationally condemned. David Bahati, the bill’s sponsor, said a new version would not contain the death penalty clause, though no amended version has been released publicly. "We were saved by the lack of quorum," said Frank Mugisha, director of the gay-rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda. But Bahati said he expects the bill will gain passage on Friday.

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Adapted from:
Associated Press
05.11.2011; Godfrey Olukya, Jason Straziuso


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
See Also
Ugandan Lawmakers Hold Hearings on Anti-Gay Bill
HIV/AIDS Politics in Uganda

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