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Persecution of Homosexuals in Uganda, by Benedicte Desrus
Uganda has criminalized homosexuality for over a century. Yet today, one of the most punitive laws against homosexuality ever conceived threatens the lives of the country’s gays and lesbians. Ugandan legislator David Bahati, a member of the United States-based fundamentalist Christian group The Family, introduced the law in parliament. If passed, it could lead to the execution of people who have gay sex more than once, the imprisonment of heterosexual people who fail to turn gays and lesbians over to the police, and the abolition of all organizations that support LGBT rights.