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450,000-signature petition against anti-gay bill delivered to Uganda’s parliament

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  1. What this news item doesn’t say is if this is a petition signed by 450,000 Ugandans. If it is excellent. If it is more international it may just be seen as interference and discarded as others making their laws.

    The thing with this story is the people who seem to think that the homophobic rants of these countries are because of Britain. This surely shows these countries don’t need help with their pathetically sad views. They can do it quite happily on there own.

  2. Jean-Paul Bentham 1 Mar 2010, 3:19pm

    According to GayUganda, the petition now has 500,000 signatures, and it has been handed over to government officials who have promised to study it in a special committee.

    The Anglican Canon Gideon Byamugisha can be reached at


    or via Juliet on +256 (0)712 949 041

    He and and all those opposing this heinous bill could use every word of encouragement from us.

  3. Jean-Paul Bentham 1 Mar 2010, 3:34pm

    Here is how the Ugandan MP Odanga Otto, who has already stated publicly that he would hang his own son if he were gay, has reacted to the petition:


    Abysmal, innit?

  4. Jean-Paul Bentham 1 Mar 2010, 3:45pm

    And here is the Box Turtle Bulletin’s take on the issue, complete with a colored photo of Canon Gideon Byamugisha, the man of the hour.


  5. Interesting blog attached to that page JPB.

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  7. Jean-Paul Bentham 1 Mar 2010, 4:17pm

    Uganda’s “Daily Monitor” just picked up the story:


    Wow – history in the making!!

    * Ugandan Gay Rights * Gay Rights are Human Rights *

    Go, Gideon, GO!!!

  8. Squidgy: “What this news item doesn’t say is if this is a petition signed by 450,000 Ugandans.”

    My thoughts exactly. This sounds more like one of those utterly pointless Internet petitions. Much like that chocolate teapot measure used on the Number 10 website that everyone completely ignores.

    However, a written petition by Ugandan citizens would be something very different, and much more difficult to dismiss.

  9. Jean-Paul Bentham 1 Mar 2010, 6:50pm

    Latest report from GayUganda says that two UN Special Rapporteurs are reminding Uganda’s Parliament that the president has backed away from the anti-gay bill and the the MP should think very carefully before the third reading of the bill:


  10. Jean-Paul Bentham 1 Mar 2010, 7:02pm

    Yea, Global Ethics!

  11. Jean-Paul Bentham 1 Mar 2010, 7:07pm

    UK Scouts Condemn Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill:


  12. Jean-Paul Bentham 1 Mar 2010, 7:16pm

    Martin Ssempa is blogging, and commenting on BTB:


  13. Jean-Paul Bentham 1 Mar 2010, 7:40pm

    Anglicans say Ho to gays Bill. (Feb. 10, 2010).


    What a farce! No wonder Dr. Rowen Williams is so depressed.

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