Western nations threatened to withdraw aid over the issue, but in December the Ugandan parliament passed a bill that imposed a penalty of life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality,” which includes sex acts involving an HIV positive person or sex with minors.
However, the conference of Catholic bishops did not support the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.”
“The bishops were not in favor of that,” Kauta said. “We were for compassion, and we believe (homosexuals) can change.”
Some have noted the involvement of American evangelicals in Uganda’s push against homosexuality, with the Daily Beast reporting that “the ideology underlying the bill comes from American conservatives.”
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