Uganda: when ugonda learn? (lame, i know)

It really seems to me that instead of this world working forward to create a better world for us to live in, it’s working backwards. Maybe to create new obstacles to work for a better world. 

As of December 20, 2013, Ugandan advocates have passed an “anti-homosexuality” bill that states that anyone who promotes homosexuality or takes part in “aggravated homosexuality” will be sentenced to an indictable offence of fourteen years in prison.

(CNN) — After years of controversy, the Ugandan parliament has passed a bill that punishes certain acts of homosexuality with life in prison.

A Ugandan lawmaker first introduced the bill in 2009, sparking worldwide condemnation for tough measures that included the death penalty.

It was briefly shelved amid the backlash. At the time, some European nations threatened to withdraw aid to Uganda, which relies on millions of dollars from the international community.

Before its passage Friday, parliament adjusted the death penalty clause to life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.” It includes acts where one person is infected with HIV, “serial offenders” and sex with minors, Amnesty International said.

In cases where one has HIV, the punishment applies even when the sex is consensual or protected.

“Ugandans have been anxiously waiting for this bill. This day will be a good day for all Ugandans,” said Benson Obua Ogwal, a member of parliament for Moroto.

The bill also proposes years in prison for anyone who counsels or reaches out to homosexuals, a provision that would ensnare rights groups and others providing services to lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.

In a world where these kinds of things are finally becoming more acceptable and more outspoken, the other side of the world is working to diminish the rights of those who want to love who they want. This is definitely the love of power working over the power of love. What is aggravated homosexuality anyway? Aggravated homosexuality is literally what the western part of the world defines as “PDA”, or public displays of affection. Hand holding, a peck on the lips, even a hug with the same sex in public WILL LAND YOU IN PRISON. You want to talk to someone about your change in sexuality? It could be seen as promoting your sexuality to others and again, CAN LAND YOU IN PRISON.

Ugandans did have their reasons for passing a bill like this. By making homosexuality essentially illegal, they hope to bring down HIV/AIDS stats by discouraging intercourse between two men or two women. They hope to bring down rape stats in prisons and in the public domain, as well as maintain the morals and traditional family values of the average, heterosexual Ugandan family. In retrospect, it does seem to uphold somewhat reasonable points, arguable, but reasonable. But is sending people to prison the right way to carry it out? Before the bill was passed, it was written instead of a indictable prison sentence, that “anyone found promoting homosexuality or participating in aggravated sexuality”, they would be sentenced to the death penalty. No matter what religion you are, or what country you are from, you should never have to give up your life just because someone thinks that who you choose to love is a “disgrace to the culture’s traditions”. The Ugandan government has even gone so far as to write in the bill that any citizen found participating in homosexual acts outside of the country may be extradited and brought back to Uganda for prosecution. This bill also discourages and illegalizes all LGBT-activists groups, individual LGBT-rights supporters, media organizations, whole companies, and non-governmental organizations.

As a person from a recently split family as a result of my mom switching to homosexuality, I take great offence to this. My mother could literally be prosecuted just for loving my step mother. There are so many other points I could make to this case that makes it seem like this bill is just insane, but this post would be about the length of my last english essay. The world should be working together to make life easier, not more difficult. Just because someone may not like it, does not mean they have the right to punish you for who you want to love.

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