Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda insists that as far as Uganda and the church is concerned, marriage is still between man and a woman and not otherwise. Ntagali said this while celebrating the Christmas at mass at All Saints Cathedral in Kampala.
He noted that that there are many social injustices such as child sacrifices, domestic violence, drunkardness and drugs especially in schools which need to be curbed. Ntagali observed that if sorcerers and murders do not ask for recognition homosexuals in Uganda shouldn’t too.
Amidst applause from the packed congregation, he urges the whole world to understand that as Uganda and a church, marriage is still between man and a woman and not otherwise.
He stated that if there are articles in the Bill that gay activists are not comfortable with, then Members of Parliament will have seen them. Ntagali said despite the fact that the church preaches forgiveness, reconciliation and transformation, it can only be done if the homosexuals repent.
A female church goer who preferred anonymity said the law is right but she does not mind homosexuals repenting.
Over the past few days Uganda has been under intensive criticism from the Western World and gay activists following the passing of the anti gay bill in parliament last week. The Anti- Homosexuality Bill recognizes the fact that same sex attraction is not innate and immutable characteristic.
The Bill states that a person who commits an offence of homosexuality such as touching another person with the intention of committing the act and uses any sexual contraption to penetrate a sexual organ of a person of the same sex is liable on conviction to imprisonment for life.
Among other provisions, it states that people who detain others with intent to commit homosexuality are liable to imprisonment for seven years. The same goes for people who keep a house, room or set of rooms for purposes of homosexuality. While the rest of the world waits to see if President Yoweri Museveni will sign it into law within the 30 days as provided in the constitution, the Bill is now an Act of Parliament.
Article 91, Chapter 6 of the Constitution states that where the President refuses to assent to a bill, Parliament may reconsider the bill and if passed, the bill shall be presented to the President for assent.
But if he refuses to assent to a bill which has been reconsidered and passed under paragraph (a) or clause (4) of this article, the Speaker shall, upon the refusal, if the bill was so passed with the support of at least two-thirds of all members of Parliament, cause a copy of the bill to be laid before Parliament, and the bill shall become law without the assent of the President.
Chapter 7 adds that where the President fails to do any of the acts specified in clause (3) of this article within the 30 days, the President shall be taken to have assented to the bill and at the expiration of that period, the Speaker shall cause a copy of the bill to be laid before Parliament and the bill shall become law without the assent of the President.