No Vote on Uganda Anti-Gay Bill, Future Still Unclear

Uganda’s parliament adjourned today without acting on the highly protested anti-gay bill that would mandate the death sentence in some cases. Speaker of Parliament Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said there is no time to take up the bill this session, which ends Wednesday, leaving the bill’s future uncertain. Online advocacy group, Avaaz, called it a “victory for all Ugandans and people across the world who value human rights” that parliament did not take action. David Bahati, who authored the bill, has said that if the anti-gay bill was not voted on this session, he would try to move the legislation forward next session. “This vile bill is a matter of life and death for gay Ugandans, and would have seen the execution, imprisonment and persecution of friends of Avaaz, and thousands of others who have committed no crime at all. We must now ensure this heinous bill can never return to Parliament again,” said Alice Jay, the group’s campaign director. GLAAD recently worked with Harlem’s first openly gay pastor, Joseph Tolton, to share a story about hope in the Amsterdam News, New York City’s oldest and largest black newspaper. GLAAD will continue to closely monitor the bill.