One step forward, two steps back?

While some countries are thankfully making progress regarding equality for same-sex relationships, in some parts of the world the situation just seems to be getting progressively worse.

News today out of Uganda reveals that a new law has just been signed which suggests first time “offenders” be sentenced to 14 years in jail. While life in jail would be assigned to those “repeat offenders”, homosexual acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV.

The situation is appalling enough, however what really makes me angry is that there seems to be vastly different punishment for between acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV where it is a homosexual relationship vs. a heterosexual relationship.

Acts involving a minor are abhorrent fullstop. I feel the same regarding someone taking advantage of a disabled person – only if they are incapacitated to the extent that they can not give consent – otherwise they’re just as entitled to get laid as the rest of us. Or when one of the partners is HIV positive – with the caveat that I only think the positive partner should be punished if they don’t inform the other person of their status before beginning a sexual relationship – there are plenty of positive-negative couples who live in relationships. Those who abuse their position of power or fail to disclose their HIV status before starting a sexual relationship should be punished equally, regardless of whether it is a homosexual or heterosexual relationship.

This just makes me seethe.

Also – sexual orientation? Not a choice.


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