Thanks to Yosef Yacob for his informative and useful summary of Ugandan marriage law (07/05/ID). There is another legislative proposal still pending in Uganda, to the best of my knowledge, which reads as follows:
"A person who commits the offense of aggravated homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death."
Another section of the same bill makes purporting to enter into a same sex marriage an offense punishable by life imprisonment.
Uganda's notorious anti-gay bill is, as everyone knows, being actively supported by right wing extremist groups in the US. Many of these same groups are also opposed to any attempt to liberalize America's immigration laws. Arizona, Georgia and other states are now trying to impose drastic criminal penalites for immigration violations. In late 2005, the then Republican controlled House of Representatives tried to do the same thing, even with regard to minor immigration violations. Congressional Republicans and Tea Partiers are now promising more of the same.
Will we be seeing the day sometime soon when entering the US without inspection or overstaying a US visa will carry the death penalty? While we are waiting for the answer to this interesting question, at least immigration marriage lawyers will be able to help people from Uganda more effectively, thanks to Mr. Yosef's article.
The same will also be true of asylum lawyers, if the Ugandan anti-gay bill, with the help of right wing bigots in America, ever becomes law.
Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years