A parliamentary spokeswoman on Thursday confirmed that Ugandan lawmakers will debate a controversial anti-gay bill.

“After parliament has disposed of all the business ahead of it on the order paper it will then move on to discussing that bill,” Helen Kawesa is quoted as saying by the AFP.

The proposed measure would increase the penalties for being gay in a nation where it is already punishable by up to life in prison. The controversial bill proposes introducing the death sentence for people repeatedly convicted of engaging in gay sex, as well as for any gay person who has sex with a minor or exposes another person to HIV through sexual contact. The bill would criminalize discussions of homosexuality and penalize a person who knowingly rents to a gay or lesbian person.

The bill's text states it is protecting “the cherished culture of the people of Uganda … against the attempts of sexual rights activists to impose their values of sexual promiscuity.”

Rebecca Kadag, speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, earlier told the AP that the measure will be passed before the end of this year, insisting it is what most Ugandans want.

President Barack Obama is among the world leaders who have condemned the bill, describing it as “odious.” Britain has threatened to cut aid to Uganda over the controversial measure.

MP David Bahati first introduced the proposed legislation in 2009.