Karen Ocamb

Emergency: Uganda May Pass 'Kill the Gays' Bill Today

Filed By Karen Ocamb | November 23, 2012 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Living
Tags: anti-gay legislation, human rights abuses, Kill the Gays bill, Uganda

For the past two years, so many political candidates talked about how much they loved "freedom" that freedom became a tired slug of a word, devoid of the gratitude that keeps the meaning of freedom alive. uganda-xmas.jpegSo today, it is a terrible crushing irony that as those successful and defeated candidates join most Americans in freely celebrating Thanksgiving - the Ugandan Parliament is preparing to pass the infamous "Kill the Gays" bill so many of us thought had withered into non-existence under pressure from the world's human rights community.

Bottom line, according to Sexual Minorities Uganda's Frank Mugisha: "Any person alleged to be homosexual would be at risk of life imprisonment or in some circumstances the death penalty."

Rebecca Kadaga, speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, recently told the Associated Press that the anti-gay bill would be a "Christmas gift" to the population.

You can take action by signing All Out's petition urging Uganda to drop the "Kill the Gays Bill" here.

You can write the U.S. State Department on its Facebook page here.

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin says this is a "human rights crisis of epic proportions that is unfolding before our eyes."

"We all must speak out against this bill - which flies in the face of all decent human decency by punishing and murdering people simply for who they are," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "As Americans pause to be grateful for family and friends on Thanksgiving, our thoughts are with those brave people in Uganda working to fight this hateful law."


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