By Alton Pitre
Homosexuality is unaccepted and unwelcomed in many societies today,that is understandable. However, life imprisonment for being gay has got to be the most apathetic and severest legal crime ever put into law.
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda recently enacted the “Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014”. This new legislative bill broadens the criminalization of same-sex relations in the African country and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organizations, or non-governmental organizations that know of gay people or support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. The fracture of this crime can lead up to life in prison or even the death penalty.
According to human rights organizations, there are at least 500,000 gay people that live in Uganda out of a total populationof 31 million. This law potentially incriminates hundreds of thousands if not millions of Ugandan[Z1] citizens. It is already an absurd act to imprison a human for liking the same sex, but a whole new life is deprived when you involve and target outside parties for the simple knowledge of being aware of someone’s sexual preference. This despicable crime of guilt by association is ridiculous.
“I feel really sad about it[the new law]and like really bad because it’s not right,” said undecided major Aiosa Edobor. “They [homosexuals] should [be able to] do whatever makes them happy, it’s their choice. We should just let them be.”
Homosexuality does not have to be condoned by a society but that does not mean they should be punished by one, let alone restricted to do certain things heterosexuals are able to. The world can create as many strict and anti-gay laws as possible but that will never extinct the gay population. In its act to deplete the licentious race, the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act will enable the homosexual community to bond and mend more closely together than ever before. It is like sending a criminal off to jail to learn a lesson instead he learns how to become a better criminal as he is amongst nothing but fellow criminals. It will enhance their intelligence to camouflage and magnify their existence. The ratification of Uganda’s anti-gay law further proves the compassion and sympathy the universe lacks.[Z2]