By BVN Staff
Against growing international pressure, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a new "anti-gay" bill into law Monday, adding to already strict laws and conditions against homosexuals living in Uganda.
Under the law, any person repeatedly jailed for engaging in homosexual acts could be sentenced to serve life in prison. The law also requires Uganda's citizens to denounce homosexuality. The bill was originally introduced in 2009. A previous version of the bill called for the death penalty for some homosexuals acts that violated the law, but was removed before the bill was signed.
Museveni, an outspoken evangelical Christian who held office as President since 1986, has long had a harsh stance against homosexuality, recently likening homosexuals to "prostitutes", calling them heterosexuals who engage in homosexual activity for money.
U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the bill before its signing, warning President Museveni the law could create a rift between the U.S. and Uganda. European powers have also threatened to cut off aid to Uganda if the bill was signed.
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