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Everyone remember Magembe Norman, our hero of the week back in June?
Well, not content with calling on the International Criminal Court to arrest the Kill the Gays Bill founders, he's now started a petition:
Magembe Norman, a straight Ugandan gay rights activist, has been told the court in The Hague is considering taking action against three extremist anti-gay spokespeople.
Now he is upping the pressure with a digital petition on Change.org demanding Uganda Member of Parliament David Bahati, pastor Martin Ssempa and Rolling Stone editor Giles Muhame face justice.
Like Patience Akumu, Norman is one of the brave straight voices joining the campaign against homophobia in Uganda, risking friends, family, and arrest to do so.
In a letter passed exclusively to Gay Star News, the ICC said they were ‘analysing the situation’ provided and will consider whether there is reasonable basis to believe the crimes have been committed and the gravity of the crimes.
Norman said he felt ‘very optimistic’ his complaint would succeed.
Speaking to GSN, he said: ‘I feel that I am almost there, and that it is just a matter of time before justice is served.
‘From the first time I got my fingers on the keyboard to type this complaint, I had no single grain of doubt, the only thing on my mind was “keep on writing”, you'll achieve what you want and that feeling keeps on growing everyday.’
The gay rights activist said he wanted to bring this to the world stage to ensure Bahati, Ssempa and Muhame are punished for their crimes against humanity.
‘It serves as a warning to the others that persecution of LGBTs is a criminal offense and they will never get away with it,’ Norman said.
We're backing you all the way Norman, though you might want to start writing to the Commonwealth next, as they're all for glorifying Bahati Bill supporters.