Baird battles Ugandan politician over gay rights

On Oct 26, 2012 Xtra reported a war of words has erupted between Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and a representative of the Ugandan government over the issue of gay rights.

Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of the Ugandan parliament, admonished the Canadian government Oct 25 in front of the Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Quebec City. She styled Baird’s support for gay rights as a colonial attitude aimed at “forcing the people of Uganda to embrace homosexuality.”
The administration of President Yoweri Museveni has been chided repeatedly for its positions on gay rights. His government has established some of the world’s most strongly worded anti-gay legislation, including one bill that – if passed – would establish the death penalty for homosexual Ugandans. Baird condemned Uganda’s anti-gay legislation this week in an address to the conference.
Kadaga made her remarks during a three-minute reply to Baird’s speech to the delegations. She addressed the controversy over one piece of legislation that was introduced in her parliament – which has been dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill – saying “I will not stop the private member’s bill from going ahead.”  Continued