Wednesday March 12 2014

Govt sued over anti-gays law


The government has been dragged to the Constitutional Court over the recently signed Anti-homosexuality Act.
The law criminalises same-sex relationships with a life sentence for repeat offenders and 14 years for those involved in the promotion of homosexual activities.

The petitioners, among others, want court to issue a permanent order staying the implementation of the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
They argue that the Bill was passed by MPs without quorum.
They also want court to permanently stay the gazetting of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014.

The petition was filed by Prof Joe Oloka-Onyango, MP Fox Odoi-Oywelowo, and Andrew Mwenda, a journalist. Others are Prof Morris Ogenga Latigo, Dr Paul Nsubuga Ssemugoma, Jacqueline K. Nabagesera, Julian P. Onziema, and Frank Mugisha.
Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum and Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development also make the list.