Here’s a link to the full text of Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Act, 2014 signed into Ugandan law today by President Museveni.
Among the more worrying excerpts are:
2. The offence of homosexuality.
(1) A person commits the offence of homosexuality if—
- (a) he penetrates the anus or mouth of another person of the same sex with his penis or any other sexual contraption;
- (b) he or she uses any object or sexual contraption to penetrate or stimulate sexual organ of a person of the same sex;
- (c) he or she touches another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.
(2) A person who commits an offence under this section shall be liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for life.
If you are a landlord, and you know that one of your tenants is gay and in a relationship, you could be considered to be a brothel-owner, and thus liable to five years imprisonment.
11. (2) A person being the owner or occupier of premises or having or acting or assisting in the management or control of the premises, induces or knowingly suffers any man or woman to resort to or be upon such premises for the purpose of being unlawfully and carnally known by any man or woman of the same sex whether such carnal knowledge is intended to be with any particular man or woman generally, commits a felony and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for five years.
Elsewhere, the question of whether same-sex marriage is legal in the eyes of God or the State is a matter for serious debate. In Uganda, it’s solved by criminalising any celebrant with life imprisonment.
12. Same sex marriage.(1) A person who purports to contract a marriage with another person of the same sex commits the offence of homosexuality and shall be liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for life.
Organisations who offer support, guidance and information are liable to be closed and criminalised too.
13. (2) Where the offender is a corporate body or a business or an association or a non-governmental organization, on conviction its certificate of registration shall be cancelled and the director, proprietor or promoter shall be liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for seven years.
LGBT Ugandans living elsewhere are, under this law, also under threat.
14. Extradition. A person charged with an offence under this Act shall be liable to extradition under the existing extradition laws.