Uganda MP David Bahati remains defiant in his opposition to homosexuality even as lawmakers move to table his anti-gay bill, the AFP reported.

Bahati is the author and primary sponsor of a controversial bill that would increase the penalties for being gay in a nation where it is already a crime. Bahati's bill, first introduced in 2009, proposed putting repeat offenders to death under certain circumstances. It also would have criminalized discussion of homosexuality and penalize a person who knowingly rents to a gay or lesbian person.

But the measure might have proved too controversial even for a country where anti-gay sentiment remains high.

Uganda's parliament closed its legislative session on Friday without voting on the measure.

On Thursday, the United States, a major aid donor to Uganda, slammed the proposed legislation as “odious.”

“No amendments, no changes would justify the passage of this odious bill,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

Bahati told the news agency that he would re-introduce his bill in February.

“We have made important steps in raising the issue and that will continue,” he said.

Bahati has previously said the proposed measures were necessary to protect Uganda's children from being recruited by gay people. He told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that more than $15 million had poured into the country in less than a year to defeat the bill and recruit children into being gay.

And in an interview on NTV, he repeated his claim that children are being recruited into being gay and that being gay is a choice.

“We don't have any provision on promotion of homosexuality anywhere. We don't have any provision on same-sex marriage. We don't have any provision in our rules on recruitment of our children. We don't have any provision on counseling and caring. We want to make it very clear. We want Parliament to come up with a rule that is specific and clear to address the imagined problem of homosexuality.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)