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Parliament has today passed the Anti -Homosexuality Bill almost three years after it was first tabled on the floor of the house. The bill, which proposes life imprisonment for offenders, comes just a day after the House passed the Anti-Pornography Bill.

Parliament has today passed the Anti -Homosexuality Bill almost three years after it was first tabled on the floor of the house.
 
The bill, which proposes life imprisonment for offenders, comes just a day after the House passed the Anti-Pornography Bill, a piece of legislation that seeks among others to ban wearing of miniskirts and further clarify the offence of pornography in the Ugandan laws.
 
The objective of the Bill is to establish a comprehensive consolidated piece of legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting: any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex, the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or outside the country.
 
The Bill, tabled in 2009 by Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, aims at strengthening the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family. It further recognizes the fact that same sex attraction is not an innate and immutable characteristic.
 
The Bill further aims at providing a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect the cherished culture of the family values of the people of Uganda, legal, religious and traditional family values against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to implore their values of sexual promiscuity on Ugandans.
 
There was a heated debate in the House when the Prime Minister raised the issue of lack of quorum.  Amama Mbabazi also stated that the Executive had not adequately consulted on the matter.
 
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Less than 100 legislators were in the House at the time of passing the bill, less than one-third of all elected Members of Parliament that are needed for a bill to be passed.
 
Serere Woman MP Alice Alaso was angry that the Prime Minister was  misleading the country arguing that he should have come out clearly to state his stand on the Bill.
 
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MP David Bahati, the man behind the controversial bill, was happy about the development.
 
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