Ugandan LGBTs Paid to Back Antigay Bill

Published: April 15, 2011

As the Ugandan parliament appears to have abandoned the notorious “kill the gays” bill this session, desperate antigay pastor Martin Ssempa may have paid LGBT witnesses to testify as “ex-gays” in support of the measure.

The New York Times  reports on the visit Ssempa made to parliament last week in order to urge lawmakers to debate the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which has become “politically toxic” in the wake of the murder of prominent gay rights activist David Kato. The activist had recently won a case against the Rolling Stone tabloid newspaper, which ran his photo with a headline calling for him and other activists to be hanged.

“But with Parliament closing next month, Mr. Ssempa, a leading religious figure from an independent sect of Christianity, made a last-ditch push last week, bringing a coalition of religious leaders, civil society organizers and two self-described former homosexuals to meet directly with the speaker of Parliament, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi. They presented him with a petition containing what they said were more than two million signatures in support of the bill,” reported the Times.

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