Uganda Anti-gay bill put on the backburner

May 12, 2011, 10:48 by R.E. Christian

Ugandan lawmakers removed a controversial anti-gay measure from their agenda, though advocates worry it will reappear.

A bill proposed in 2009 called for the death penalty for offenders who commit homosexual acts. The bill was scheduled for a Wednesday debate but was removed from the agenda, The Guardian newspaper in London reports.

The current Ugandan Legislature is about to be dissolved, however, and opponents worry it would reappear on the agenda during the next session, the newspaper adds.

David Kato, an outspoken gay rights advocate and one of the few openly gay men in Uganda, was found bludgeoned to death in his home near Kampala in January.

The Rolling Stone newspaper in Uganda last year sparked controversy when it published the names of people the editors said were homosexuals. Many of those listed by the magazine were attacked after their names were published.

The anti-gay legislation was condemned internationally. U.S. President Barack Obama had said members of the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community must have the same basic rights as other members of society.

Source: UPI