Uganda lawmakers pass major anti-LGBT legislation

12/20/2013 | Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) · ABC News

Legislators in Uganda approved a bill on Friday that sets extreme penalties for homosexual behavior, including the imposition of a life sentence for anyone found guilty of "aggravated homosexuality" and a seven-year sentence for anyone who officiates a same-sex wedding. The bill, which was originally introduced in 2009 amid international condemnation, originally stipulated a death sentence for participants in repeated same-sex sexual acts. "I am very disappointed by the ignorance displayed by Ugandan MPs," Sexual Minorities Uganda Executive Director Frank Mugisha said after the vote, adding that his organization plans to lobby against the bill. "I will not [be] allowed to be treated as a second class citizen based on my sexual orientation," Mugisha said.

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