This week read about the European Union passing a resolution supporting LGBT rights, and the "Kill the Gays" bill author competing for a higher position in Uganda.
European Union Proclaims Itself an ‘LGBT Freedom Zone’
In recent years, around 100 towns and regions across Poland declared themselves free of “LGBT ideology.” Meanwhile the European Union has declared itself an “LGBT freedom zone.”
Hours before the European Parliament’s declaration in support of LGBT rights, the Polish government announced a proposal for an adoption ban that would criminalize applying for adoption as a single parent in a same-sex relationship, according to BBC News.
The European Union’s resolution states that every LGBT person in the EU should enjoy the freedom to live and publicly show their sexual orientation and gender identity without the fear of intolerance, discrimination or persecution.
The resolution was supported by 492 Members of the European Parliament, while 141 voted against it and 46 abstained.
BBC reported that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that Poland’s “LGBT-free zones” had “no place in our union,” and vowed to push all EU member states to recognize adoptions by same-sex couples.
‘Kill The Gays’ Bill Author Vies for Higher Position in Uganda
David Bahati. Photo via the Government of Uganda.
One of the seven candidates competing to be Deputy Speaker of the Uganda Parliament is David Bahati, a member of parliament who introduced an Anti-Homosexuality bill in October of 2009.
According to Erasing 76 Crimes, Bahati’s bill would have created the offense of “aggravated homosexuality,” which would have been punishable by death. This bill later earned the name “Kill the Gays Bill.”
President Yoweri Museveni later signed the bill into law in February 2014, with the death penalty proposal reduced to a life sentence in prison. Though the Constitutional Court struck down the law, citing a procedural breach, the damage had already been done to the LGBT community.
Frank Mugisha, the Sexual Minorities Uganda executive director, stated that Bahati will not hesitate to influence the introduction and passing of other anti-gay laws and other conservative laws that will affect Ugandans negatively.
The current speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, defends Bahati and has gone on record stating that she is open to having his bill revived.