THE UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) said it is appalled to learn the news that Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill will become law by the end of 2012.
Its secretary, George Broadhead, said in a statement this week:
We are appalled that after such a long time this heinous piece of legislation will still become law. Much of the homophobic bigotry which is rife in Uganda and other African countries emanates from religious sources, including US evangelical Christians.
It certainly emanates from the Anglican Church of Uganda which states on its website: ‘The Church of Uganda appreciates the spirit of the Bill’s objective of protecting the family, especially in light of a growing propaganda to influence younger people to accept homosexuality as a legitimate way of expressing human sexuality.
‘We particularly appreciate the objectives of the Bill which seek to: provide for marriage in Uganda as contracted only between a man and woman; prohibit and penalize homosexual behaviour and related practices in Uganda as they constitute a threat to the traditional family; prohibit ratification of any international treaties, conventions, protocols, agreements and declarations which are contrary or inconsistent with the provisions of the Act; prohibit the licensing of organizations which promote homosexuality.’
Unfortunately the vast majority of the population are committed Christians and clearly greatly influenced by these malign bible-based policies.”
Broadhead later told The Pink Humanist that he he had no doubt that the same malign Bible-based intolerance was at the forefront of Nigeria’s relentless push to further discriminate against gays and lesbians in that country.