The Archbishop of York has spoken of his opposition to a Bill in Uganda proposing the death penalty for homosexuality.
David Bahati first introduced the Bill in 2009 but it was shelved when it was met with international outcry.
The Bill was reintroduced last month and there are concerns that this time around, dissatisfaction over Western interference in issues of morality may stoke popular support for it.
There was anger over recent comments by British Prime Minister David Cameron threatening to cut aid to countries that restrict the freedoms of homosexuals.
Dr John Sentamu called upon the church to stand in solidarity with people who are victimised or demonised because of their sexual orientation.
“No-one should have to live under the threat of violence and death, or live in fear because of the bigotry of others," he said.
“Every person has the right to enjoy safety and security regardless of their beliefs or sexual orientation – we are all created in God’s image and likeness.
“We are all created by the God of love, and are of infinite worth in his sight.
"Homosexual people in Uganda deserve the best we can give in pastoral care and friendship."
He said in his statement that he was opposed to the death penalty in any instance.
The Anglican Church in Uganda expressed its opposition when the Bill was originally introduced, making clear that it was not in favour of introducing the death penalty for homosexuality.
"I completely support that position," Dr Sentamu said.
Archbishop of York condemns Uganda's anti-homosexuality Bill
Published 01 March 2012