Uganda's anti-gay bill is likely to become law after the government promised it to Ugandans as a "Christmas gift." Being gay in Uganda is already illegal, but the law would add further punishments, including life in prison. Ugandan lawmakers claim that the infamous "kill the gays" provision has been struck out, but a US State Dept source has information suggesting that the death penalty is still included.
Despite its harshness, the bill has been tied to some prominent US evangelicals, notably Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. He tweeted, "Homosexuality now against the law in Uganda, just as it was for 200 years in the US. It can be done." Fischer's Twitter feed makes clear that he thinks the "kill the gays" provision has been removed.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has also been accused of favoring the bill after he praised Uganda's president last month. The FRC later explained that Perkins opposes the anti-gay bill and instead advises treating gayness as a psychological problem.
Needless to say the proposed law has also triggered American outrage, including from religious leaders. Some have called on evangelical pastor Rick Warren to condemn the bill as he did in 2009.
The US government could take a stand by withdrawing aid to Uganda, which has totalled nearly $1.8 billion in 4 years.
Via the BBC, the Christian Post, and Twitter.