I am more than elated to report that.. On Friday May 13th 2011.. Ugandas anti-homosexuality bill was shelved!
After receiving a cacophony of criticism from across the globe, Ugandas Parliament let the time expire on a contentious anti-homosexuality bill that had threatened this East African countrys international standing.
Under intense global pressure, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament blocked the anti-gay bill from coming to a vote in the emergency session on Friday. Now Parliament has closed and the bill has been wiped from the books. It's not necessarily gone for good, but to be considered again, it would have to be reintroduced as a new bill and go through the whole Parliamentary process -- which took 18 months last time.
Together.. We've won a major fight for equality and justice!!! Over 1.6 million of us signed the petition opposing the anti-gay bill, tens of thousands of us called our heads of state, and we helped make the attack on gay rights in Uganda a major international news story -- and it worked.
I want to thank each and everyone who responded to our alert, and signed the petition. Our global outcry made it clear that the world is watching, and demanding that human rights be respected everywhere. We can join our friends in Uganda in celebration of a victory that could save thousands of lives.