Citation: Hollander, Michael. Abstract: Sections of the Ugandan Penal Code criminalizing sodomy were imposed during colonial rule, but have been fully integrated into Ugandan social norms and culture. This article argues for a national and international framework that together might lead to the repeal of discriminatory legislation. However, it cautions that changes to the law must be coupled with changes in the cultural, public, and religious perceptions of homosexuality which are deeply entrenched at this time. This essay presents a comprehensive legal argument for overturning the anti-sodomy laws as documented in Sections , , and of the Uganda Penal Code Act that have been adopted by the Ugandan government during the post-colonial era. Photographs: The images used on the site may not be downloaded, used, or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner of the image.
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The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, previously called the " Kill the Gays bill " in the western mainstream media due to death penalty clauses proposed in the original version    was passed by the Parliament of Uganda , on 20 December with life in prison substituted for the death penalty. The act would have broadened the criminalisation of same-sex relations in Uganda domestically. It also includes provisions about persons outside of Uganda who are charged with violating the act, asserting that they may be extradited to Uganda for punishment there. The act also includes penalties for individuals, companies, and non-governmental organisations that aid or abet same-sex sexual acts, including conducting a gay marriage. Furthermore, the act enables the Ugandan government to rescind international and regional commitments it deems outside of the interest of the act's provisions. A special motion to introduce the bill was passed a month after a two-day conference was held in which three Christians from the United States asserted that homosexuality is a direct threat to the cohesion of African families.
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Both male and female homosexual activity is illegal. Non-vaginal intercourse such as oral sex and anal sex between heterosexuals is also illegal. Under the Penal Code, "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment. The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, was passed on 17 December with a punishment of life in prison for "aggravated homosexuality". In August , the Uganda Constitutional Court annulled the law.
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