Gay Death Penalty Bill Linked to 3 US Evangelicals

Uganda bill introduced after series of anti-gay talks
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2010 3:19 AM CST
Updated Jan 4, 2010 6:06 AM CST
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni waits to meet British Prime Minister Gordon Brown earlier this year. Uganda has introduced a bill calling for execution of gays.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Uganda introduced its bill calling for the death penalty for those who engage in homosexual behavior one month after a three-day series of anti-gay lectures presented by three American evangelical Christians to thousands of Ugandans. The theme of the event was the "hidden and dark agenda” of gays and the "threat" they pose to the traditional African family, the Ugandan organizer of the event tells the New York Times. The Americans discussed "curing" gays, how homosexuals sodomize teens, and how the gay movement is an "evil institution."

The three evangelicals—author Scott Lively, "ex gay" Caleb Lee Brundidge, and anti-gay Exodus International board member Don Schmierer—are now desperately trying to distance themselves from the controversial bill. “Some of the nicest people I have ever met are gay," said Schmierer. Ugandan officials are now saying the controversial "Anti-Homosexual Bill of 2009" may be modified in the wake of international outrage and threats to cut off financial aid.

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