As reported by GSN Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Uganda’s parliament had defended her anti-gay rights position and reassured her country that the Anti- Homosexuality Bill will soon be passed into last week .
On her return from Canada Rebecca Kadaga, was met by MP David Bahati, the controversial bill’s architect, along with .a group of anti-gay religious leaders at the airport, where she said “They said I should stop the debate on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, but I assured them there is no way I can block a private members bill”.
MP Margot James on Tuesday 96th November 2112 ) said at the International Parliamentary Conference on Gender and Politics held at Portcullis House, London, after speaking in the debate on the use of quotas to ensure greater parliamentary representation for women urged the delegates from over 40 different nations to confront homophobic persecution and to promote gay rights in their home countries
Challenging the female legislators in the Commonwealth Ms James said “We agree on the need for more women in our parliaments and governments, but we also need to reflect on why we need more women to be elected, a greater defence of freedoms and human rights is needed,”
“As a gay woman I would not be able to even stand for election in many of the countries represented here today, and the situation is even more dire for gay men in so much of the Commonwealth.
“I urge the women legislators here today to stand up for the gay minority in your country and remember those who, like women are discriminated against, and bring that discrimination to an end.”
Uganda is now a hotbed for debate on the matter of homosexuality and everything has not been rosy for the gay rights activists
as illustrated by the the arrest of David Cecil Edwards, director of The River and the Mountain (http://www.gaystarnews.com/
The play, written by Beau Hopkins, was banned from showing at Uganda’s National Theater because it tackles the theme of homosexuality. It also tackles religion and politics and the Uganda Communications Commission would have none of it.