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Uganda Passes Tough New Law Against Homosexuality (Life Imprisonment)

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Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an anti-gay law that punishes “aggravated homosexuality” with life imprisonment.

The bill drew wide condemnation when it was first introduced in 2010 and included the death penalty, but that was removed from the revised version passed by parliament.

Although a provision for the death penalty was removed from the original bill, the law passed Friday sets life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for the new offense of “aggravated homosexuality,” according to the office of a spokeswoman for Uganda’s parliament.

The bill was introduced to parliament by a lawmaker who argued the law was needed to deter Western homosexuals he accused of “recruiting” Ugandan children.

Source: Associated Press

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