Ugandan President To Sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Under the new law, gay people will be jailed for life

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Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addresses the U.N. General Assembly on September 24, 2013 in New York City

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is set to sign into law a bill that would impose a lifetime jail sentence on anyone who commits homosexual acts, a government spokesman said Friday.

In January, Museveni criticized the parliament speaker for passing without a quorum the bill that would make it a crime to be gay, to talk about homosexuality without condemning it and to not report gay activity. A spokesman told the Associated Foreign Press in January that Museveni believes that gay people are sick but should not be killed or jailed for life.

But Museveni said that he would sign the bill if he was offered scientific proof that homosexuality is not genetic, according to BuzzFeed. A series of tweets from Ofwono Opondo, a spokesperson for the government of Uganda, confirmed Friday that Museveni will sign the bill after “medical experts presented a report that homosexuality is not genetic but a social behavior” recently.

The imminent signing of law will likely put international pressure on Uganda, with some nations even suspending aid to the country.

More: A Look At Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Offensive

16 comments
tmavuto9
tmavuto9

I agree with the President 100%. All those complaining (esp. frm the West) should know that Africans have values that they need to preserve!! The bill will be enacted into law and U have nothing to do about it!

DomingoATorres
DomingoATorres

Mr. President can you share with the world your scientist findings and how they came to such a conclusion which are contrary to 470,000 United States mental health care professionals? Please we would like to know the cure. Tony aka DJ Sunday Towers Please contact me at CoolCoolDJ@comcast.net

"The deciding factor may have been that a panel of party members with medical backgrounds Museveni convened to study the cause of homosexuality presented a report concluding homosexuality is not an inborn trait. Museveni had told lawmakers he would sign the bill if “I have got confirmation from scientists that this condition is not genetic.”

The committee co-chairman Chris Baryomunsi told BuzzFeed on Thursday, “Speaking as a medical doctor … homosexuality is just deviant behavior. It can be learned, and it can be unlearned.”

EgonKrebs
EgonKrebs

Simply push back, which you are going to see a lot of more of in the coming years.


If "gay"  inherent, so must be anit-gay, as everything has to be in balance.


In fact, I confidently predict it is going to get "worse".

jerry48
jerry48

"Since various rebel groups started fighting the government of President Yoweri Museveni, beginning in August 1986, about 2 million Ugandans have been displaced and tens of thousands have been killed. An estimated 20,000 children have been kidnapped by the LRA for use as child soldiers and slaves since 1987."

life isn't worth much

surinanash
surinanash

THIS IS ABOUT HATE & INJUSTICE conjured up by "wolves in sheep's clothing"! HE IS BEING DECEIVED! In 2012, this President dedicated Uganda to God and His Biblical teachings. This is NOT BIBLICAL!!! We don't have to agree with someone's lifestyle to love them as Jesus loved, on ALL sinners. This is sad! Christians NEED to write to this President and remind him that Jesus "desires mercy, not sacrifice".

NeilCameron
NeilCameron

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it's lowest ones

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

RicardoRivera
RicardoRivera

This is why we lead by example because, some of the rest of the world is out of their damn mind.

lumsnomnom
lumsnomnom

I feel a little better knowing I have more common sense than "14 medical experts".

cramanya
cramanya

Indeed it is unfortunate that the President is going to yield to pressure just so he can secure endorsement as the ruling party's candidate for a fifth term! Cry, my beloved country Uganda.

PJC
PJC

Amazing, its the 21st century right? Here we our, our species on the brink of some of the greatest technological and scientific breakthroughs in the known history of the universe and yet ignorance and fear like this washes over the world of the ignorant. Sad, Sad, stuff. I wounder if any of these people know who Alan Turing was and his amazing accomplishments?  

ClimpJones
ClimpJones

Mad Monkey Man Love now only legally available behind bars

jerry48
jerry48

@RicardoRivera what example are you talking about ? school shootings, street shootings, the largest prison population in the world, 33.000 gangs with 1.4 million gang members, the KKK, Aryan nation, White supremacists, the Westboro Baptist Church etc... ???

NO THANKS !

NeilCameron
NeilCameron

@RicardoRivera  NIce thoughts, however I would strongly advise researching the history and influences that went into the drafting of this bill. This law has the fingerprints of American Christian evangelists all over it, the same evangelists who motivated the Anti-gay bill in Nigeria, the same ones who motivated Russias anti-gay laws. Read up on Scott Lively, he's been evangelizing homophobia around the world for 40 years.

http://ccrjustice.org

MartinHarvey
MartinHarvey

@PJC Googled him: Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British philosopher, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist.


You're welcome :)

DomingoATorres
DomingoATorres

@NeilCameron I totally agreed with you. Since the Evangelist are loosing their ground here in the USA, they are creating their base in Africa, as they did with South Africa. I really thought African were smarter than that. Tony