Uganda strengthens anti-gay laws, brands gay sex an “unnatural offense”

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05/04/20201

Uganda has further strengthened its anti-gay laws with new legislation that brands gay sex an “unnatural offense.” The African nation already criminalizes same-sex sexual relations, with Uganda’s Penal Code outlawing “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and gay people facing up to life in prison if convicted. But that wasn’t sufficient for lawmakers in the Ugandan parliament, who passed the Sexual Offences Bill on Monday, May 3, two years after it was formally introduced. Among its various sections, the bill criminalizes “unnatural offenses,” including sexual acts “contrary to the order of nature” and bestiality. But the Bill also builds on language in the country’s Penal Code by specifically banning “sexual act[s] between persons of the same gender.”

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