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NEWS: 'Kill the Gays' Bill Still Contains Death Penalty

By November 28, 2012

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Despite earlier reports that Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' bill did not include the possibility of the death penalty for those convicted of 'aggravated homosexuality', US officials say the clause remains.

The bill was said to have been amended by the Legal & Parliamentary Affairs Committee, but the US State Department has confirmed that the committee does not have the power to amend the legislation before it reaches the parliament floor.

"As with all domestic legislation, it's up to the Ugandan Parliament to determine whether or not to move forward with a bill. The bill is currently in committee and has not yet reached the full parliament for consideration," said State Department spokesperson Nicole Thompson.

The bill defines 'aggravated homosexuality' as anyone with HIV engaging in sex, sex with a minor and those that found guilty of repeated acts of homosexuality.
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