Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati, who has earned fame around the world as the author of a controversial anti-gay bill, says he's just protecting children.

Bahati's bill includes a death penalty provision for people who repeatedly engage in gay sex and those who are HIV-positive. The bill also bans the “promotion of homosexuality,” which would effectively outlaw political organizations, broadcasters and publishers who advocate on behalf of gay rights.

The bill's tangled language could send straight folks to death row, as well. The death penalty provision applies to anyone who is found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality,” a term used to describe a repeat offender. Those offenses include failing to report to officials knowledge of a person who is gay. The bill, therefore, sanctions – even mandates – homophobia.

In an interview on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, the lawmaker insisted his bill was not about hate.

“We have a huge problem in our country,” Bahati said. “People who are coming from abroad, investing in Uganda to recruit children into a behavior that we believe is a learned behavior and can be unlearned.”

“We believe that our children should not be recruited in something they don't believe in,” he added.

“I am not in a hate campaign, I do not hate gays, I love them, but at the same time I must protect our children who are being recruited into this practice.”

Bahati went on to assert that more than $15 million has poured into the country over the past 7 months to defeat the bill and to recruit children into being gay.

“They go to a school, teach them, entice them with money, to lure them into this practice,” he said.

When Maddow asked, “How do gay people hurt your family?” Bahati answered that it hurts the Ugandan family when the “purpose of procreation is undermined.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)