Gays bill shunned

KAMPALA - Critics of a proposed Ugandan law that will impose the death penalty for some gays say they have gathered 500000 signatures calling for the bill's rejection.

KAMPALA - Critics of a proposed Ugandan law that will impose the death penalty for some gays say they have gathered 500000 signatures calling for the bill's rejection.

A delegation, which includes Anglican priest Canon Gideon Byamugisha, delivered the petition to the country's parliament yesterday. Byamugisha said the bill taught intolerance and hatred and is counter to the constitution's anti-discrimination laws.

Speaker of parliament Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said the bill had been presented and would soon be debated.

Uganda's conservative society frowns on homosexuality. One proponent of the bill even showed gay pornographic videos in church to try to garner support. - Sapa-AP

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