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Ugandan Opposition Leader Kizza Besigye Says He Would Decriminalize Homosexuality

Kizza Besigye, who is challenging Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni for the third time in a February 18 election, says he would decriminalize homosexuality if elected.

Besigye Said Besigye: "This is something that is done in the privacy of people's rooms, between consenting adults."

AFP reports:

Besigye (sic), who noted he was speaking individually and not on behalf of the four-party opposition grouping he leads, said the so-called homosexuality issue has "generated far too much excitement" among current government leaders.

Resources the police devote to investigating homosexuality "could be better spent elsewhere," he added, during the recording of a town-hall style dialogue to be aired later on Ugandan television.

He argued his personal moral views about sexuality were not relevant.

"We are talking about the law," he said, explaining the current provisions banning homosexuality are superfluous, particularly since it has never been prosecuted.

Meanwhile, Uganda's "kill the gays" bill is still alive and likely to be considered this spring.

(via lgbt asylum news)

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  1. Considering where Uganda is right now, that's an extremely progressive position. Good for him.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 10, 2011 8:48:22 PM


  2. Bravo!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 10, 2011 9:24:58 PM


  3. Thanks so much for covering this good news from Uganda and Africa related to homosexuality, Andy. We always get the draconian news. This tells us that there are some wise sexual politics in West Africa!

    Posted by: brenda | Jan 10, 2011 10:47:21 PM


  4. oh that's hopefull. i shiver a little bit when i see Uganda in a title. but that's hopefull. yay.

    Posted by: mike | Jan 10, 2011 11:27:19 PM


  5. Thank you for the good news Andy. I am so grateful for Kizza Besigye's bravery. I hope he wins and follows through on this.

    Posted by: Uluwehi | Jan 11, 2011 12:03:00 AM


  6. It's nice to know that there even is an opposition... I have to say, though, when "not supporting killing people for being gay," is progress... it's a little depressing. Still progress though.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 11, 2011 12:42:25 AM


  7. He'll be butchered.

    Posted by: Nanny McBone | Jan 11, 2011 12:43:37 AM


  8. There is always an issue about homosexuality and until this day as we gearing towards advancement there is still issues arising. There is always something about this issue that made others to raise their eyebrows but nonetheless, social issues like poverty and famine must be given more attention. Thanks a lot for sharing this post. This is an eye opener and an enlightened news. More power.

    Posted by: Curtis Johnson Realty | Jan 11, 2011 4:11:29 AM


  9. How can we contribute to his political campaign?

    Posted by: JKM | Jan 11, 2011 11:10:52 AM


  10. I will agree that homosexuality be decriminalized. Persons who are homosexual will be happy knowing about this kind of news. There are countries also who discriminate homosexual which is supposed to be not because that would be against the eye of the people.

    Posted by: gutter guard | Sep 27, 2011 7:24:58 PM


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