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Activist: "Keep up the pressure" on Uganda Parliament not to take up "Kill The Gays" bill

KAMPALA, Uganda – Parliament is running out of time to debate and vote on the notorious “Kill The Gays” bill, as the current session ends on Friday, Dec. 14.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill has fallen to No. 6 on today’s order paper, according to Ugandan LGBT activist Frank Mugisha. “Keep the pressure up,” Mugisha writes on his Facebook page.

The draconian bill with the death penalty for those convicted of being homosexual has been broadly condemned around the world, led by the U.S., UK, European Union and much of the western world. Also known as the Bahati bill, the measure has been met by silence by leaders of the 76 countries where it is still illegal to be gay.

Until today, the bill had been ranked second behind the controversial oil bill that has tied up Parliament for days.

Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, has vowed to pass the “Kill The Gays” bill as a “Christmas gift” to the nation.

Mugisha, who has been in the U.S. campaigning against the bill and has appeared on national news shows, wrote today on Facebook that: “I agree Kadaga may not deliver her xmass present.”

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News covered a teleconference on Nov. 28 hosted by All Out featuring Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, and Kasha Jacqueline, executive director of Freedom and Roam Uganda.

At the time, the two activists urged international pressure, including petitions and email campaigns to members of Parliament. So far, that effort seems to be working with almost a quarter-million people having signed the All Out petition.

How to get involved

To sign the All Out petition, click HERE.

Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.