Obama to Museveni: Don’t Enact Anti-Gay Law

Says it will complicate relations with the U.S. and "will be a step backward for all Ugandans"

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Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, left, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug. 3, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama has warned Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni that relations between the two countries could be soured if he enacts an anti-gay law.

“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda,” Obama said in a statement Sunday. “It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people.”

When the bill was first introduced in 2009, it prescribed the death penalty, but it has since been changed to promote jail terms reaching up to life-time sentences for a murky offense called “aggravated homosexuality.” Museveni indicated last month that he would only sign the bill if scientists could prove that homosexuality is not genetic. On Friday, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said that medical experts had presented that evidence, and so Museveni’s signing was imminent.

International pressure has since mounted, even going as far as a possible suspension of vital aid. The U.S. is one of the largest foreign donors to Uganda, sending more than $400 million annually in recent years.

[Reuters]

133 comments
whateverwillb
whateverwillb

Stupid, uneducated, typically manipulated third world. Everywhere you go in Uganda, 'The Pearl of Africa', a moniker given to them by Winston Churchill, is celebrated. They have it written on their walls, and playing in their songs on the radio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29FgnyCE03o just do a youtube search for 'The Pearl of Africa'. What rubbish. Now they are against the West when their entire pride in their country is based on Winston Churchill. And now they are being manipulated by anti-gay factions in America, the very people they think they're standing up against. American evangelicals and Pentecostals, losing the gay culture wars in the United States, have exported the battle front to more easily manipulated peoples, like Ugandans, where they enlist new recruits in their homophobic campaign. Trans-oceanic, religio-political networks are fashioned by U.S.-based organizations like the International House of Prayer (IHOP) and The Family, who manipulate Ugandans like the Rev. Martin Ssempa or MP David Bahati—the bill’s most notorious supporters. These collaborations are the intended product of Western anti-LGBT activism. In this narrative, as seen in news reports like Jeff Sharlet’s “Straight Man’s Burden” and the recent documentary “God Loves Uganda,” the story of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is the extension of an American story: American agendas, agency, money, and power are at its heart. Uganda is treated, in many ways, as a pawn, becoming a convenient battleground. Wise up. Protect your people, including your homosexuals and don't let the hateful Christian fanatics manipulate you. 

nuoxingqi
nuoxingqi

@NormanDostal  Get off your high horse, son. Your so-called civilized nation would put me behind bars for having more than one wife. Yet polygamy was until very recently, a staple of practically all cultures in this world. Decriminalize polygamy, then perhaps you may have the moral authority to point your filthy finger at those who criminalize homosexuality. 



NormanDostal
NormanDostal

unfortunately, we must cut off all aid and starve them-they are primtives and must be taught right from wrong-this is what religious conservatives have done-they tricked the mindless savages into hating gays...sad

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

Souring diplomatic relations over an irrelevant social issue. This is how American influence will continue to decline.

Ricky Purcell
Ricky Purcell

It could likely do otherwise. Don't listen to that witch, Yoweri. Her party will not be the one occupying Office come 2016.

Victor Oluwabamise
Victor Oluwabamise

@ Linda Headford, you call SODOMY civilization? I think you are mentally sick!

Edijalo Meekah
Edijalo Meekah

well it is your people that brought Bible to US you forget..apparently you guys lied

Edijalo Meekah
Edijalo Meekah

It violate natural law..American can keep there $400 million what ever...let all state accept it in US first then perhaps you can face other country..at the same time I think America should face there own busines period.

Job Weyi
Job Weyi

Why is he (Obama) married to Michelle and not Michael? Please, let African countries be with our cultures. Don't enforce your alien sodomy by all means.

Linda Headford
Linda Headford

You may not have noticed stuck in your little Medieval bubble, but the world is over-populated. Carry on Mr Obama. Let's hope lots of nation leaders join you! Being straight doesn't make you a man or a woman. Being humane does that.

Linda Headford
Linda Headford

Because somebody has to show Uganda how to be a humane, civilised nation

Jacob Casey
Jacob Casey

I don't know if letting foreign relations be affected by this is the right thing to do. I do agree in pushing gay rights, but we have to start in our own country first.

Sandra Hernandez
Sandra Hernandez

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Jamie Ro
Jamie Ro

you choose your own battle.. I choose this.. So, if you want to fight for their right go ahead.. whatever floats your boat.. I think all these religious groups are crazy.. And, they should stopped trying to brainwash people .. So, they won't do such heinous crimes against humanity.. So, go ahead and fight for whatever you want to fight for.. But, If they did something wrong against another person or harm another person through physical violence.. that's another thing.. The homosexuals in uganda hasnt done anythign wrong. They were just being persecuted based on their gender ..So...

Os Cevallos
Os Cevallos

Nicole Rees moral and ethical? You call putting poeple in jail and killing them for no real reason immoral and unethical?

Os Cevallos
Os Cevallos

All these conservative fools talking crap. Wonder what they would say if it was a law against Christianity?

Nicole Rees
Nicole Rees

I think the Moral and ethical values of a Country should be respected - and not used as a common denominator for alliance!

Betty Walker
Betty Walker

I've never met a Christian who hated a gay person, but I've met plenty of LGBT who hate and persecute Christians.

Joseph Gillen
Joseph Gillen

bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaha da bama threatens ?

Robert Coe
Robert Coe

no but i agree with hannah you can't just force change on people for the minority it has to be slow and transitional or people fight it. This is why the us is in so many wars aside from resource stealing

Tata M Guere
Tata M Guere

I think it's a good initiative from the us president to intervene in this problem because it can present a real danger to gay in Uganda

Scott Wayne Shipley
Scott Wayne Shipley

I dont get why the u.s forces their policies on the rest of the world . If another country did that to us we would be up in arms . Enough of policing the rest of the world .

Warren Flinn
Warren Flinn

because Uganda shouldn't deny people their liberties just because of who they like

Warren Flinn
Warren Flinn

but its not right for them to restrict gays rights!

Rickey Cary
Rickey Cary

Its a stand against population control... Mr President

Arguera Jose
Arguera Jose

Obama's Policy might help immigration reform instead

David Houghton
David Houghton

If he had spoken out about anti-Christian laws, I wonder if the folks from the right would still be saying he shouldn't interfere. If you only care about human rights when they impact people like you, you're part of the problem. Stop being part of the problem.

EJ Ezra McGee
EJ Ezra McGee

Is that so? Not that it matters but how do you come to that conclusion, BIGOT?

Alyssa Silvis
Alyssa Silvis

Who does Obama think he is to tell another leader how to run his country and what laws they can or can not enact. Not everyone is like the US or maybe he forgot to learn that in all his time at the University. A few sociology course that focus on the values, norms, and cultures of nations other than the US should clear his tunnel vision right up.

whateverwillb
whateverwillb

Apparently they're killing their own children too. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8441813.stm If they're killing their own children, the implications on the respect for human rights, human life, and the barbarism that still exists in Uganda don't show much hope for the homosexual strangers the propaganda of the country is directed against.

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

nothing matters more than equality, dumdum

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

no, they dont idiot-"children" cannot be unborn-out of our wombs!

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

everyone practices sodomy, you moronic cow. Oral sex is sodomy

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

no, idiot, homosexuality is entirely natural and harmless-and your country will pay for this savagery-you will die from AIDS and you will starve when we cut off aid

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

your country was brainwashed into following a white man's religion, dumdum-we are trying to help you

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

we will-and take our money and let you starve, primtive savage

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

not sure where youve been, but we are doing that a VERY fast pace in the US (hint-people havent been jailed for being gay in decades here). and-its possible to walk and chew gum

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

come on, Ben-youre quite the idiot. Who do you think funds all of those anti-gay props and laws? religious people-SOLELY religious people (hint-hating the "sin" is hogwash-you cannto separate a person's orientation from the person)-please dont breed! and why on earth shoudl blacks be nice to teh KKK? or gays be nice to religious monsters?

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

we give them 400 million tax dollars a year-gay money in there too=we have paid for our right to encourage equality

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

gay people are raising tens of thousands of their own kids, dumdum

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

we give them 400 million dollars a year, idiot-we have the right to ask that they treat otehrs well-some of that money is "gay" money