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 (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)