In Uganda, being gay could soon lead to life imprisonment. That country’s parliament passed a long-discussed bill on Friday that carries strict punishment on homosexuality. It now awaits the signature of President Yoweri Museveni.
The bill, which is actually called the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, has been heavily criticised since its introduction in 2009. It quickly picked up the name ‘The Kill the Gays Bill’ because of a a provision that would apply the death penalty to certain homosexual acts.
Although that provision has been dropped, homosexuals in Uganda can still be subjected to life imprisonment and under the conditions of the law, merely renting a flat to a gay person could lead to a five-year prison sentence for landlords. The bill’s ban on ‘promoting’ homosexuality could also make it a crime to offer HIV counseling, NPR reports.