Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Bill

Homosexuality was already banned, but new law makes it a crime not to report gay people to authorities

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Tiksa Negeri / Reuters

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives for the opening ceremony of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, on Jan. 30, 2014.

The President of Uganda on Monday signed a bill bringing into law harsh measures against gay and lesbian people, the BBC reports.

Homosexuality is already prohibited by law in Uganda, but the new law signed by President Yoweri Museveni goes further by criminalizing positive talk of homosexuality, and failing to report gay people to authorities. Lesbians are included in the new prohibitions for the first time.

The use of capital punishment for homosexual acts was originally put forward but withdrawn after a global outcry; yet the new laws still threaten those convicted for the first time with a 14-year prison sentence along with life sentences for any acts of “aggravated homosexuality.”

Yoweri Museveni stated openly a week ago that he would approve the legislation despite warnings from U.S. President Barack Obama that it would “complicate” America’s relationship with Uganda.

Museveni initially put the legislation on hold claiming he was waiting for advice from American scientists about whether homosexual tendencies are rooted in ‘nature’ or ‘nurture.’ However a Ugandan government spokesman claimed that he signed the legislation so as to declare “Uganda’s independence in the face of Western pressure.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was among those who condemned the legislation, claiming that there was  “no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination.”

[BBC]

32 comments
KALUNGI
KALUNGI

FACT IS AM UGANDAN,I GREW UP THERE SO FOR THOSE WHO THINK UGANDA IS A CRAP HOLE,I CAN TELL YOU ONE THING 1/4 OF PEOPLE IN THE SO CALLED MODERNIZED USA(proud but poor on government aid) ARE NO RICHER THAN ME OR OTHER UGANDANS,SO STOP FOOLING YOURSELVES I HAVE BEEN HERE 10 YRS in 5 STATES so i know aNd you know...STOP SENDING USA IS NOT THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT SENDS ITS PEANUTS SEE IF WE SHALL DIE,AM PROUD MY PRESIDENT SHOWED THESE IGNORANT FOOLS THAT FOR UGANDA MORALS WILL ALWAYS WIN IF ITS AGAINST MONEY

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

I congratulate Uganda, Russia, China, India and 100 other nations where right is right and wrong is wrong. They have the good sense not to follow the US & EU down the road to destruction. Bankrupt morally, bankrupt financially.

Why should Uganda care about your stinking financial aid? The blinders where plucked from the eyes of the world during the last 5 years as they watched Americans & Europeans fabricating money out of thin air. They have trees. They can print money too.

PaulaKey
PaulaKey

Forbes Magazine asked world wide readers on Facebook to name the worst dictators alive today and President Museveni was ranked in amongst them.  Now that he has passed the Anti-Homosexual Bill, the world will be more informed about him.


Museveni is placed alongside some notable dictators: Remember that he is also placed along side Uganda’s former dictator  **Idi Amin.


Bashar al-Assad of Syria **North Korea’s Kim Jong-ill, ** Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe **Vladamir Putin **General Than Shwe (Burma)**Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Kha** Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir **


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President Museveni should reveal how he acquired this wealth, yet by 1986 he was landless, without shelter, poor like a church mouse, the only wealth he had was an AK 47 Kalashnikov that he had used to butcher Ugandans during the 1981-1986 bush war.


But now surprisingly President Yoweri Museveni’s being ranked the 12th richest person in Africa, his wealth is estimated at $1.7bn


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ScallywagNYC
ScallywagNYC

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......


http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/02/ugandas-president-yoweri-museveni-signs-harsh-anti-gay-laws/

ShandraRobertson
ShandraRobertson

People who choose this life style should never feel that they are so important and that they are progressive and modern thinkers, and so civilised, imagine moving from one low to another level of low as progress? hmmm...how u figure?


Dont be fooled! The policy makers were on a long hunt, and spent many sleepless nights trying to devise a way to control the worlds population. Hmmm....you are being used to further their agenda and you don't even know it. Such unions cannot produce soooooo.....do de maths!!! u r de guinea pigs in the test. How come u are allowing urselves to be used in this manner? Would you allow them to come test the AIDS virus on you???? hmmm...


Further, it is simple, for all those sophisticated minds out there, de ting just wrong. We would all turn up our nose if we see people eating out of the garbage bins, how come interfacing with the septic tank so natural for you??? Man, the least we can do is recognize, it is not natural, we can overcome any challenge in our lives, if we are patient enough to deal with it.


Homosexuality and lesbianism are a direct distortion against the Original design. The enemy hates the human race, now the humane race have empowered him to destroy us with our consent and participation. Jehovah plan is for you to be awesome dont become so small!!!

wangzhang
wangzhang

SCREW YOUR AID AND YOUR RESTRICTION OF COMMENTS,WHAT HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION?? FAGS


wangzhang
wangzhang

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI RAAAHHHH....

wangzhang
wangzhang

OHH UGANDA MAY GOD UPHOLD THEE,


ReverendKyle78
ReverendKyle78

Uganda is simply proving their inferiority and outright irrelevance to the rest of the civilized world and we are more than happy to leave them behind.  And while the rest of the world makes progress towards better standards of living, Uganda will be left out of that loop to lie in the bed that they made for themselves.  Will Uganda be a better place to live in 50 years?  Absolutely not.  The more important question would be, will anyone care?



BolaBanky
BolaBanky

Am ashamed of those MORONIC leaders that we have in Africa. they can't seem to see beyond their nose. Despite all the economic problems facing Africa, Gay right should be the last item on their list. Gay right is human right Period, they have this misconception that being Gay is by choice. Why not try to fight Corruption, Poverty, Crime, Inflation etc...

Legislating against human nature will always backfire later or sooner.!

BarryButtBoy
BarryButtBoy

Good  now if the stupid neeger would do the same..no wait he is a clodet kweer.. but wait he is already illegal..oh what to do with the  gay kweer president we have...IMPEACH HIIM

apg3
apg3

I would love for the black president of the country to come to US and act as a normal citizen and see how he would be discriminated against...same thing Mr. Prez. Shame on you...Thank GOD I live in the USA!~

apg3
apg3

A choice? If you are so smart...why don't you choose to be gay for a day...remember, you if you say it's a choice, then choose it and prove it...let us all know how it goes...

valerieh
valerieh

Lock someone in a cage for life for choosing to love someone that someone else does not approve of?  "Corrective rapes of lesbians"?  This country is FAR from being civilized.  If we send one nickel to this place after this then Obama is talking out of both sides of his mouth as usual.  We shouldn't be sending money to anyone until our debt is cleared, but especially not to these heathens.  Gotta watch out for those so-called evangelical christians.  Religion is the scourge of this planet.

motobobp
motobobp

Unbelievably tragic! As if anyone chooses to be gay.

DentonAc
DentonAc

Love the interpretations RamRanch I'm sure its worded exactly like that.   Idiocracy aside, who gives a crap about  Uganda?  It is a crap hole and will always be a crap hole.

RamRanch
RamRanch

Being left-handed – being black or being gay is just as natural. 

 

RamRanch
RamRanch

The Bible & Torah should be banned!

Here are several really loving excerpts from the Torah; the first five books of the Old Testament in the bible -- perhaps read to the congregation on Friday night at a synagogue or a Sunday morning church in the meadow.

1.Kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own.  Deuteronomy 13:6-10

2.Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you.  Deuteronomy 13:12-16

3.Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own.  Deuteronomy 17:2-7.

Rabbinical / Priestly rules:

Leviticus 21:17-18 … “No one who is blind or lame or has a defect or any blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.”

Leviticus 18:22… “You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination ….”

Rabbis; the pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to rabbis and priests … refuse to remove this stigma maliciously persecuting gays.  Kids are being bullied into suicide …!

Being left-handed – being black or being gay is just as natural.  It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated!   If it is love between two guys or two girls … all the better … it takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

wangzhang
wangzhang

@ReverendKyle78  A REVERAND IN DIAPERS...THATS WHAT YOU WILL BE IN FIVE YEARS TIME,SHOULD I PREACH TO YOU ABOUT SODOM AND GOMORRAH...?? 

h0a77341
h0a77341

@motobobp  yes, in matter fact; it is a choice, that is against human nature. 

Tiredashell
Tiredashell

@DentonAc I think the relevance to us is that it helps define what sorts of societies pass such laws.Uganda, as you noted, is not a nice place.If you remember Idi Amin, you know they lean to the extreme right.Extremist governments pass discriminatory laws to distract and focus the hatred of the masses.If you recall, on the left Chairman Mao, the Khmer Rouge, Stalin, Kim Jong-un, and on the right, Hilter, Mussolini, Franco, Amin, and Ayatollah Khomeini.Gays, Jews, ethnic minorities, minority religions, and the educated are the most common targets.This is happening here in the red states, but our more advanced culture, level of education, and federal laws limit the consequences of discrimination.

thriver
thriver

@RamRanch  Clearly BretFox doesn't read very much scientific literature. Though the genetic component has not been established completely the phenomenon of life long homosexuality occurs pretty much at the same rate across most cultures and is generally perceived as inflexible. Attempts to force people to behave differently have mostly caused emotional and psychic harm.

BretFox
BretFox

@RamRanch Race and your sexual addiction are not related. Right handed versus left handed compared to being gay?? You are looking for anything to justify your choices.

ReverendKyle78
ReverendKyle78

@wangzhang @ReverendKyle78 You spelled "reverend" wrong, genius.  But why don't you prove me wrong?  Go to Uganda and then tell me how great it is there.

Yeah, I didn't think so. 

keyhotay123
keyhotay123

@h0a77341 @motobobp  So did you choose to be straight?  I didn't think so,  you just came wired that way... of course you are choosing to be ignorant. 

ParthanSkp
ParthanSkp

@h0a77341 @motobobp  If it is a choice please choose to be gay for a day and prove it. Saying it is against human nature is illogical, humans are doing it. (Humans are part of nature),

thriver
thriver

@h0a77341 @motobobp  Onanism is against human nature. Ditto for coitus interruptus. Have you never participated in these?

keyhotay123
keyhotay123

@BretFox  so did you choose to be straight?  I mean at what age did you decide to like the opposite sex?   You are right, you did choose, you chose to agree with what your brain was telling you.  A very small percentage may choose, but the majority are wired that way.  

apg3
apg3

@BretFox  Being gay is not an addiction. Any sexuality can be an addiction. Wow are you people in our country?