Ugandan President Blocks Anti-Gay Bill

Calls for better ways to punish "abnormal" people

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has refused to sign off on a controversial anti-gay bill passed by his parliament, saying there are other ways of dealing with “abnormal” people.

His comments were made in a letter to the speaker of parliament and Ugandan legislators—dated Dec. 28, after the controversial bill was approved—that was published Friday by Ugandan paper Daily Monitor.

Museveni claimed a group of MPs forced the bill through parliament after he advised them to wait until the government had studied it, reports the Daily Monitor. The bill, which would punish “aggravated homosexuality” with life imprisonment, has been widely criticized by rights activists both within the country and internationally.

“The question at the core of the debate of homosexuality is; what do we do with an abnormal person? Do we kill him/her? Do we imprison him/her? Or do we contain him/her?” wrote Museveni.

The President argued that the best way to deal with the issue was to focus on improving Uganda’s economy and tackle youth unemployment, suggesting that legislation was perhaps not the best way forward: “Even with legislation, they will simply go underground and continue practicing homosexuality or lesbianism for mercenary reasons.”

[The Daily Monitor]

10 comments
Teresita
Teresita

I think this law is really stupid. They say they are trying to protect the children. So why aren't they going after pedophiles which are usually straight men!? This is just an excuse to hurt a segment of society that their politicians personally hate. How does anyone condone this kind of hatred? Why isn't the world outraged by this? 

haroldlewisblair
haroldlewisblair

this all smells like another Obama payoff- by the biggest spender in history who is also the biggest FRAUD in history-

Alejandro79
Alejandro79

How long will it take these people, and types like putin, to understand that Lgbt people have always been around and will always be there, simply for being born, fact. And it's nothing to be afraid of, they actually make the best fashion designers, entertainers, hairdressers and so on usually..Plus, they are not pedos, which is a different group that does need to be monitored as minors have to be protected..Decades if not centuries probably, as so many still take books written by people 1400 to 2000 years ago literally...

StuartRichards
StuartRichards

Museveni's trying to walk a fine line here. He knows passing this bill would be the end of most of Uganda's foreign aid. He also knows the bill is intensely popular.


So of course he can't say "I'm vetoing this to protect gay civil rights, but more importantly Uganda's aid" or he'll look out of touch and like a Western puppet. So he's like "This doesn't punish the gays in the right way!" so he has a plausible reason that keeps him in step with his bigoted electorate.


I mean yes, the Museveni regime is debatably a dictatorship already, but even dictators can't run too far ahead of their people.

EstherMoore
EstherMoore

Must change my comment. If Uganda wants to pass this bill, and the President wants to "go over" the bill first. I beleive the President just wants to show his power over his Parliament.. He will probably pass it anyway. Uganda is not only killing Gay's, they're killing Christians too. How proud this President must be of himself, and his country...

pavioc16
pavioc16

Better. I think he is doing this mostly because of international pressure, however. Still, if you come out in Uganda, your life is over. Your family will disown you, you will be ostracized, and you will risk physical violence, and if a lesbian, r-a p e.

rutnerh
rutnerh

Even though I as a Christian agree with God calling homosexuality an abomination....forever, He gave all of us Free Will to obey or disobey Him while living...but with due punishment after death if not repented. And all sins not only homosexuality are abominations to him. True Christians must tell sinners of the eternal consequences not stop them from sinning.

Poneros
Poneros

Just end foreign aid and see if they still stand by the legislation...

JosephWisgirda
JosephWisgirda

Wow I cannot believe the garbage coming out of that dude's mouth. Is everyone in that government a hater?

linuoxing
linuoxing

@Alejandro79 Be sure to tell that to legislators in Europe and the Americas with regard to outlawing polygamy. Point being, don't point out the speck in your neighbor's eye and ignore the log in yours.