Many African nations have openly expressed their distaste of homosexuality, however Uganda has allowed their legislation to take an even more drastic turn against gays. Although homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, lawmakers have decided to pass a long-disputed law that creates harsher penalties for gay acts.
The anti-gay bill, which Ugandan politicians believe to be a victory against “evil”, grants life imprisonment to anyone caught in a homosexual act for a send time.
Additionally, anyone who publicly promotes homosexuality or fails to report a gay person is also liable to be put behind bars.
“This is a victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil,” David Bahati, who strongly supported the new legislation, told Agence France-Presse. “Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way. It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks.”
The law was originally drafted in 2009 and proposed a death penalty for similar offenses. This version was widely condemned by Western activists and leaders, including President Barack Obama. The final version of the law, which was recently enacted, dropped the death penalty and replaced with a life sentence for repeat offenders or homosexual intercourse.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni must sign the bill in order for it to be effective.