Uganda's anti-gay bill dead for now, but likely in 2013

Published: December 14, 2012

The Ugandan parliament has adjourned for the year, taking no action on the dreadful Anti-Homosexuality Bill that the parliament’s leader, Rebecca Kadaga, had promised would pass as a “Christmas gift.”

Ugandan activists who led a well-organized international fight against the bill can claim a victory, but they didn’t do much celebrating because they expect the bill to return when the parliament reconvenes early in 2013.

In the last week of the parliamentary session, an appeal from former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged Uganda to reject the bill, saying, “God does not discriminate among members of our family. God does not say black is better than white, or tall is better than short, or football players are better than basketball players, or Christians are better than Muslims… or gay is better than straight. No. God says love one another; love your neighbour. …  I urge the people of Uganda to reject hatred and prejudice. Love comes more naturally to the human heart than hate.”

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