No death penalty provision in Uganda anti-gay bill

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 26 at 10:35 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Ugandan parliamentarian behind an anti-homosexual bill that attracted worldwide condemnation says the most controversial part of the proposed legislation — the death penalty provision — is likely to be dropped.

David Bahati says if the committee the bill currently sits before recommends that the provision be removed, that he would concede the issue.

Stephen Tashobya, the chairman of the parliament's Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, said Tuesday that he would try to bring the bill up for a vote before parliament's current session ends May 12.

After Bahati's bill was proposed in 2009, it attracted international condemnation, including from President Barack Obama. The bill has since languished in committee.

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