In Uganda, where the promotion of gay rights had been banned by law and where being homosexual could land you a life sentence, has had its homophobic laws struck down over a technicality. Gay-rights movement groups, which had to operate in secret, have called the law illegal because "it was passed in parliament without the necessary quorum of lawmakers."
Spurred on by radical US evangelicals such as Scott Lively, Ugandan MPs and religious leaders have long been fomenting homophobia. They have accused homosexuals of being a risk to children and of trying to “recruit” others to their cause, and have consistently called on government to take more heavy-handed action against what they see as “immoral” and “un-African” behaviour.
Some tabloids have also got involved, most famously in October 2010 when Uganda’s Rolling Stone published the photos of 100 alleged homosexuals under the headline “Hang Them!” -- an exposé that came three months before David Kato, a leading LGBTI activist and close friend and mentor of Mugisha, was bludgeoned to death in his home. In the aftermath of his death and in the subsequent murder trial, authorities were keen to insist that the attack had had nothing to do with Kato’s activism. Many onlookers remain unconvinced.
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