It’s been a few months since Uganda passed its innovative anti-sodomy laws that drew ire from liberals all around the world including among supposedly Christian politicians like Ted Cruz. Elections have consequences and so does the passage of laws. The new laws have resulted in the prosecution of alleged sodomite who have been charged with aggravated homosexuality.
In the more recent and widely reported case, a 20-year-old man was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with “aggravated homosexuality,” defined as same-sex relations with someone who’s HIV-positive, a child, an elderly person or disabled person. The defendant is accused of having relations with a disabled 41-year-old man, according to the spokesperson for Uganda’s director of prosecutions. The defendant’s lawyer said it could be six months before the man appears in court again.
This case involved sodomizing a disabled man. An additional case involves a minor:
In a previous case, a 43-year-old man was arrested in Jinja City, eastern Uganda, on July 18. Jacqueline Okui, spokesperson for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, tells NPR the man was charged for allegedly performing “a sexual act with a child aged 12 years of the same sex.”
Aggravated homosexuality is a a capital crime in Uganda under its new law. The law has drawn outrage from liberals and praise from Christians for its adherence to the Bible. Uganda passed the law with a near unanimous vote in the majority Christian nation. The law has become a point of national pride as it is seen as fighting back against negative outside influence.