A Ugandan lawmaker has said that parliament could approve a revised anti-gay law in time for Christmas.

Similar legislation was struck down on technicalities earlier this year.

Abdu Latif Ssebagal told Reuters that the parliamentary committee formed to draft a new version of the law was prepared to introduce it to parliament for debate.

“The draft is ready and we have strengthened the law, especially in areas of promotion and luring children,” said Ssebagal, who sits on the committee. “Next week we expect to meet the speaker to fix a date for the re-tabling to parliament.”

Ssebagala said the committee was hoping for quick approval so that the nation “can celebrate it as a Christmas gift.”

Last year's law called for life imprisonment for the crime of “aggravated homosexuality,” classified as repeat offenders or cases where one of the partners is HIV-positive, a minor or disabled. The law also banned the “promotion of homosexuality.”

New language in this year's bill makes it illegal to rent homes where an “unnatural act” takes place.

In August, President Yoweri Museveni, who is up for re-election in 2016, said the law wasn't a priority and could damage the nation's economy. He made his comments shortly after returning from a visit to the White House, where he attended a summit of African leaders hosted by President Barack Obama.

However, Museveni has also vigorously defended signing last year's legislation.