President Rebecca Kadaga, who wanted to pass a “Kill the Gays” bill in 2014, urged lawmakers to pass this new law.
Consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex are already punishable by 7 years’ imprisonment for life imprisonment.
The Ugandan parliament passed the Anti-Homosexual Act in December 2013, which was ratified in February 2014. The original text applied death sentences for sex in certain situations and various punishments for those who supported same-sex couples.
It was demonstrated in a US court that the law had the support of preacher Scott Lively as well as other right-wing characters who influenced and led the Ugandan parliamentary figures to pass the homophobic law.
The Ugandan Supreme Court overturned the law by considering that there were not enough members in parliament to pass it.
The president now wants to extend the law to punish not only homosexual men but also lesbians and transgender people.
But the associations on the ground have now come to demonstrate their displeasure. Grace Waitherero, head of the Sexual Minorities Uganda operations at Gay Star News, explained that the country needs to eliminate HIV and not “try to abuse Ugandan rights.”
Persecution continues against many in the LGBT + community in Uganda. Attacks are common, and group violence is a constant threat.