Ugandan Speaker of Parliament pledges quick movement on “kill the gays” bill

“I will not accept to be intimidated or directed by any government in the world on matters of homosexuality.” 

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga pledging to move forward on her country’s notorious bill that, if passed, would make the country one of the world’s most hostile to gay people. The legislation, which has been floating in Parliament since its introduction by Member of Parliament David Bahati in 2009, has been dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill in that is calls for execution in cases of “aggravated homosexuality.” It would also make it a crime not to report gay people to authorities.

Kadaga made her comment following a meeting last month in Canada, where Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird pressed her on dropping the bill. Kadaga says the bill’s passage will now be expedited through Parliament. For her position in Canada, various religious groups and other greeted Kadaga with a welcome ceremony upon her Oct. 29 return to Uganda. 

(Daily Monitor, Uganda)

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