Theresa May hosts a homophobic MP from Uganda

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Home Secretary Theresa May arrives at Downing Street on June 30, 2015 in London, England. Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a meeting of Government cabinet members this morning. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Theresa May hosted homophobic Ugandan MP Jovah Kamateeka at a reception in Downing Street last Wednesday, and the British PM has been criticized for such a decision because the Ugandan politician is known for her strict anti-LGBT views, in part she supported the anti-gay law in her country in 2009, which would introduce capital punishment for people who had gay sex if applied. For this reason, the legislation was often referred to as the “Kill the Gays bill” until they substituted the death penalty clause with life imprisonment. The anti-gay law was eventually passed in 2014, however it was later struck down by Uganda’s constitutional court, who ruled it invalid on procedural grounds. But she is now believed to be working on a new bill attacking gay people’s rights. Last April, numerous MPs – including Kamateeka – gathered in parliament where they passed a motion to praise Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga for “standing firm” against LGBT+ rights. Kadaga was a leading force behind the “Kill the Gays bill.”

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