Church of Scotland denounces Ugandan 'kill the gays' bill
Statement from the Church of Scotland on the proposals before the Ugandan Parliament on Homosexuality
Church of Scotland has had a long record of standing against injustice and inequality especially when it is perpetrated institutionally. The Church of Scotland is therefore appalled at the draconian measures proposed by the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
In 2007 The Church of Scotland's General Assembly received a report which stated that "Theological approaches to homosexuality which present gay or lesbian people as unlovable or less loved by God than any other person are unacceptable". To discriminate on issues of sexuality is unacceptable in the eyes of God and of the law.
Rev Ian Galloway, convenor of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Committee said "This draft legislation is without question an infringement of human rights. It is morally repugnant. The Church of Scotland wants therefore to strongly add it's voice to the many calling for the immediate withdrawal of this discriminatory Bill."
The bill is due for further discussion in the Ugandan Parliament in January 2010.
The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill proposes life imprisonment for any sexual activity between adults of the same sex and the death penalty for anyone whose same sex partner is disabled or under 18.
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