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Uganda's President Museveni Signs Controversial "Anti-Gay" Bill

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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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-1 # M. Wilson 2014-02-24 19:21
Good for Unganda. I am sick and tired of America and other european countries pushing their belief on other countries. It is time for all god fearing nation say enough is enough. God intended for man and woman to be together, not man with man, woman with woman. I hope all the aferican nation tell America and other nation to go to hell
0 # scallywag 2014-02-24 13:45
One can't help what the anti gay laws are really about? Is it really an attempt to protect children, to uphold morality as has been claimed or just another way to demonize certain sectors of society who are made to symbolize the ills of society and to curry support for a long running president who needed to create a bogeyman that many can now rally against to the mutual benefit of incumbent elite and divert attention to the ongoing pillage of society, of those massacred, maimed , raped and/or forced into exile......


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