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State Defends Anti-gay Law

The state has finalized its submission in the petition filed by nine gay activists in the Constitutional Court, approved http://cwsgroup.com.au/components/com_k2/templates/generic.php challenging the enactment of the Anti Homosexuality Act that was passed by Parliament last year.

State Attorney, viagra buy http://clouda.ca/wp-content/plugins/revslider/revslider_front.php Patricia Mutesi said petitioners did not adduce any evidence to prove that the Speaker of Parliament, viagra buy http://commonsensewithmoney.com/wp-admin/includes/class-pclzip.php Rebecca Kadaga did not ascertain whether there was quorum or not before the vote on the law.

The activists had alleged that the law was passed with inadequate forum in Parliament and that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s advice before voting on the Bill.

Mutesi contended that quorum is a factual issue which cannot be proven by just mere statements and allegations as submitted by petitioners “but it should be based on real evidence.”

It is on this note that she advised the petitioners to submit a video footage, eye count evidence or a registry to prove their statements that the quorum was not adequate when this law was passed.

Mutesi further argued that the petitioners did not argue the case they pleaded of the law being inconsistent with the constitution but instead pleaded that the Speaker’s action was inconsistent with the constitution when she contravened Article 23 of the rules of procedure that requires a third of the honourable members before passing any act.

It is on this note that Mutesi prayed that the Constitutional Court dismisses the petition.

Nine gay activists through their lawyers Ladislaus Rwakafuzi and Caleb Alaka petitioned the Constitutional Court, seeking to overturn the anti-homosexuality law.

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Constitutional Court judges will deliver their ruling on this matter tomorrow.

Parliament recently passed the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill, criminalizing, outlawing and providing harsh jail terms for same sex relationships in the country.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009, a Private Members’ Bill, was first presented to Parliament by Hon. David Bahati (NRM, Ndorwa West) in October 2009. It was one of the pending bills not considered at the end of the 8th Parliament, but saved and re-introduced for consideration by the 9th Parliament.

Lawmakers say the law seeks to establish a comprehensive consolidated legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex; and the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or any other nongovernmental organization inside or outside the country.

The Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs said in its Report, “The law aims at strengthening the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family.”

The Committee also said that there is need to protect the children and youth of Uganda who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviations as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technologies, parentless child development settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption and foster care.

The Anti Homosexuality Bill provides a fourteen year jail term for one convicted for the offence of homosexuality; and imprisonment for life for the offence of aggravated homosexuality.

A huge rally was held at Kololo ceremonial grounds in Kampala to thank President Museveni for resisting western pressure to sign the Bill in to law.

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