Critics of anti-gay Ugandan bill collect 450,000 signatures

From the BBC:

Campaigners opposing Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill have taken an online petition to parliament, signed by some 450,000 people from around the world.

The petition is the latest attempt to halt the bill, which carries the death penalty for some homosexual acts. …

“This is a bill that requires various members of community, family members, service providers and spiritual mentors to “spy” on one another,” a letter accompanying the petition reads.

The campaign is being led by Anglican priest Canon Gideon Byamugisha and he has been joined by HIV/Aids activists and civic organisations.

Campaign group Avaaz, which organised the online petition, hopes to get one million signatures.

Now that an Anglican priest has taken a leadership role in this campaign, perhaps the Archbishop of Canterbury and some of the advisors who urged Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori not to make a statement on this issue will regard their vaunted “sources on the ground” in Uganda with a little more skepticism.

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