Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni signed controversial anti-gay legislation into law, despite international outcry. The Anti-Homosexuality Act, calls for seven years in prison for “the offense of homosexuality” and a life sentence for “aggravated homosexuality.” Uganda newspaper The Observer reports, “The bill will formally become law when it gets published in the Uganda Gazette. That, however, remains a formality. For Uganda’s largely anti-gay population, the most important part was the president’s signature.”
I guess President Museveni doesn’t value his country’s relationship with the U.S. Earlier this month President Obama warned that the signing of the bill would “complicate” the U.S.’s relationship with his country. The U.S. sent Uganda over $256 million in aid last year.
The bill’s author, David Bhati, claims that the law is aimed at protecting children. Let’s be real, it’s not about protecting children for him. Being gay doesn’t mean one is a pedophile.
I think President Yoweri Museveni has what it means to be gay all twisted. The Observer reports:
The president suggested he could not to understand how men could fail to be attracted to Uganda’s beautiful women and, instead, get attracted to fellow men.
The president also paraded the mostly Ugandan scientists who concluded that homosexuality wasn’t generic.
I’m not sure if the writer of the article meant to say ‘genetic’ instead of generic. Since Museveni specifically said he was looking for a gay gene and that his scientists couldn’t come up with one.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denounced the bill in a scathing statement:
Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality. As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. We will continue to urge the Ugandan government to repeal this abhorrent law and to advocate for the protection of the universal human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and around the world.
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