According to Afrol News, the Ugandan Clergy has called for a clause imposing the death penalty in a new draconian anti-gay bill to be removed, but has otherwise supported the legislation.

While homosexuality already carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, the proposed law would hand down a death sentence to anyone found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality”; defined as sexual assault committed against a member of the same sex who is under 18 or disabled.

The leaders from the dominant religious groups in the country have, however, affirmed their support for the rest of the bill describing homosexuality as “evil” and “un-godly”, said the news service.

The law also proposes a seven-year jail term for anyone who “attempts to commit the offence” or who “aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage in acts of homosexuality”.

The legislation was tabled earlier this month and is now under public discussion in Parliament. According to the text of the bill, it aims to strengthen “the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family”.

Local and international human rights organisations have condemned the proposed law and demanded that it be immediately withdrawn.

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