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/* Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 */
==Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009==
In 2009, Parliament member David Bahati submitted a bill before the Parliament of Uganda which would have introduced the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality", including cases where at least one participant was a minor, or those who were repeat offenders, [[HIV]] positive, or disabled.<ref name="bbc">[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13392723 Ugandan anti-gay bill 'shelved by parliament']</ref> In addition, the bill required anyone who had knowledge about a homosexual person to turn them over to authorities or face prosecution themselves.<ref name="bbc"/> Homosexuals in Uganda already face life in prison for being gay.<ref name="bbc"/>The bill also criminalises the "promotion" of homosexuality, thereby making it illegal to protest the measures once they are passed.
This bill could have done a lot to prevent the spread of [[AIDS]]{{who}} in a continent already ravaged by the disease, though most people believe it went too far in punishing homosexuals with the death penalty. Various high profile politicians around the world including President [[Obama]], pressured the Ugandan parliament to drop the legislation. The Ugandan Parliament adjourned in May 2011 without debating the bill.<ref name="bbc"/>
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