Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin is reporting that the Ugandan Parliament has adjourned without taking a vote as expected on the horrific Anti Homosexuality Bill. Burroway cautions that there is a procedural way the bill could be revived in the next Parliament so he encourages vigilance. The new Parliament convenes on May 18.
Here's an excerpt from the Associated Press (via the San Francisco Chronicle):
Speaker of Parliament Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said there is no time to take up the bill this session, which ends Wednesday, leaving the bill's future uncertain. Kiwanuk adjourned the parliament Friday and set no date for the body to return.
The bill has drawn criticism from U.S. leaders and human rights groups. The U.S. State Department spokesman on Wednesday called the bill "odious" and said no changes to the bill's wording would justify its passage.
Avaaz, an Internet group that champions action on issues like poverty and climate change, called it a "victory for all Ugandans and people across the world who value human rights" that parliament did not take action Friday.