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Uganda pushes to protect against homosexuality

Ugandan lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday prescribing jail terms of up to 10 years for offenses related to same-sex relations. Associated Press/Photo by Rebecca Vassie, File

Uganda pushes to protect against homosexuality

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected to sign a bill that the legislature passed Tuesday to effectively outlaw homosexuality in the country. Supporters of the measure say homosexuality threatens Uganda’s traditional and religious values. One lawmaker named David Bahati described God as “happy” with what was happening. Bahati said the bill would protect the future of children.

How would the bill punish homosexuality? According to the bill, “aggravated homosexuality” includes sexual relations with same-sex victims such as children and those with disabilities, as well as being infected with HIV. Those convicted of aggravated homosexuality and attempted homosexual acts, including gay marriage, could face 10 years in jail. The prison sentence for attempting, aiding, and abetting homosexuality would be two years.

Dig deeper: Read David Closson’s column in WORLD Opinions about President Joe Biden’s unholy blend of theological terms with LGBT support.

Elias Ferenczy

Elias Ferenczy is a breaking news intern for WORLD. He’s a graduate of WORLD Journalism Institute and Covenant College.

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