Ugandan legislator rules out death penalty for gays

By REUTERS
February 10, 2012 15:02

 
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KAMPALA - The Ugandan legislator who this week re-tabled in parliament an anti-gay bill widely condemned as draconian said a clause proposing the death penalty for repeat offenders would be scrapped.

The bill's harsh penalties for homosexuality, which is already illegal in Uganda, caused an international outcry when it first came up in parliament in 2009.

US President Barack Obama denounced the original bill as "odious", Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to reject it and some international donors threatened to cut aid if it became law.

Uganda later dropped the legislation, but the controversy re-emerged when ruling party Member of Parliament David Bahati resurrected the bill earlier this week.

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