Ugandan Parliament Fails To Debate Legislation Criminalizing Homosexual Acts

Legislation that criminalizes homosexual acts in Uganda did not make it to the floor of the country’s Parliament on Friday, meaning “the bill is essentially dead, for the moment,” PRI’s “The World” reports (Porter, 5/13).

“Friday’s shelving of [Member of Parliament David] Bahati’s anti-homosexuality bill is a victory for Uganda’s hidden gay community, but it is not the end of the anti-gay legislation,” GlobalPost reports, adding that Bahati told the news agency he plans to propose a new bill in the next parliamentary session “to ensure we have a law to stop recruitment and promotion [of homosexuality]” (McConnell, 5/13). The new parliament begins in June, VOA News reports in an article examining violence against gays in Africa (DeCapua, 5/13).