Uganda to drop death penalty from bill criminalizing homosexuality Michael Haggerson at 12:00 PM ET
[JURIST] Ugandan MP David Bahati announced on Friday that clauses mandating the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality" would be dropped from the controversial bill that would criminalize homosexuality. The bill was reintroduced [JURIST report] to the Parliament of Uganda [official website] on Tuesday in its original form, but Bahati stated that there were plans to remove certain provisions. Bahati said in 2010 that the purpose of the bill was to prevent foreigners from corrupting Ugandan children [YouTube video] by giving them money and convincing them to become homosexuals. Bahati stated that provisions imposing jail time for individuals married to someone of the same sex would also be removed form the bill [AFP report]. The original bill imposed the death penalty on homosexual "repeat offenders" and gay sex where one of the offenders is a minor or has HIV.
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