Draconian details of Uganda's misguided new anti-gay law

Published: February 24, 2014

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni today signed into law the harsh, long-disputed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which provides for imprisonment for five to seven years for anyone convicted of “promoting homosexuality” or who  “in any way abets homosexuality and related practices.”

The official text of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (PDF) was only released after it was signed. It  provides for:
-Life imprisonment for same-sex intimacy involving penetration — the same punishment currently provided under existing Ugandan law.
-Life imprisonment for anyone who “touches another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.”
-Forced medical examinations for anyone accused of being HIV-positive and of committing homosexual acts, which is termed “aggravated homosexuality,” also punishable by life imprisonment.
-Seven years in prison for attempts at committing “the offense of homosexuality.”
-Life imprisonment for HIV-positive people who attempt to commit “the offense of homosexuality.”
-Seven years in prison for anyone who “aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage in acts of homosexuality.” LGBT rights activists fear that this provision and the next one will be used against them.
-Life imprisonment for same-sex marriage. (The Ugandan constitution already prohibits same-sex marriage.)
-Up to seven years in prison for conducting a same-sex wedding ceremony.
-Imprisonment for seven years for the “director or proprietor or promoter” of a company or association that is convicted of “promoting homosexuality.” In addition, the organization’s certificate of registration would be canceled.
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