The new law represents an increase in the country’s crackdown on LGBTQ+ persons.
Anybody found in violation of the law might face a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.
In a nation where same-sex relationships are already forbidden, the new legislation represents a further crackdown on LGBTQ+ persons. It focuses on a variety of behaviours, such as outlawing the promotion and facilitation of homosexual behaviour as well as conspiring to engage in it.
Reuters reported that opposition lawmaker Asuman Basalirwa introduced the Anti Homos3xuality Bill 2023 to parliament, saying that the bill aims to “protect our church culture; the legal, religious and traditional family values of Ugandans from the acts that are likely to promote s3xual promiscuity in this country.”
Basalirwa stated on Tuesday, March 21: “The objective of the bill was to establish a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect traditional family values, our diverse culture, our faiths, by prohibiting any form of s3xual relations between persons of the same s3x and the promotion or recognition of s3xual relations between persons of the same s3x.”
Lawmaker Fox Odoi-Oywelowo however spoke out against the bill, saying that it “contravenes established international and regional human rights standards” as it “unfairly limits the fundamental rights of LGBTQ+ persons.”
The bill is expected to eventually go to Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, for assent. Museveni last week derided homos3xuals as “deviants.”
In 2009 Uganda make headlines for introducing a bill against homosexuality that carried the death penalty for homosexuality.
The death sentence provision was removed from a bill that the nation’s lawmakers voted in favour of a proposal for life in prison. Ultimately, that rule was overturned.
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