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Ugandan Health Minister: Gays Will Still Get Care Despite Harsh Anti-Gay Law

On Wednesday, Uganda’s health minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, told reporters that gays will continue to be eligible for medical services despite the country’s recent passage of a law imposing harsh sentences against gays and those who fail to report them. The AP reports:

RugundaRugunda said that a clause which would have required medical workers to report homosexuals to police was removed from the bill that became law on Monday.

"We are saying that as far as health is concerned, they are at liberty," he said, talking about gays. "They should give full disclosure to their nurses ... We do not discriminate against patients on the basis of sexual orientation. That's why we are encouraging gay Ugandans to take advantage of the health systems."

Pepe Julian Onziema, a prominent gay activist in Uganda, said that extreme prejudice against gays who seek health care will continue to be a problem despite Ruganda’s assurances. 

"I once went to a clinic where I stayed in the queue (line) for hours and people who came after me were being served," he said. "You stand in the queue and they ignore you. And you hear them saying, 'That is a gay person. We can't serve him. We shall not serve him.'"

On Tuesday, the country's Red Pepper tabloid published a list of "Uganda's 200 Top Homos" 

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  1. yesss, come to our health facilities & tell us you're gay so we can imprison you but don't worry we'll take great care of you...shock treatment anyone?

    Posted by: berg | Feb 26, 2014 8:37:19 PM

  2. Yeah, they'll get health care and then be murdered by a rabid mob as they leave the building. Laws like these only embolden the anti-gay thugs who need the distraction from their miserable lives.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 26, 2014 8:44:14 PM

  3. Enlightened World: abandon Uganda.

    If indeed there are health and (dare I say) welfare care for gay people give it, and for your efforts the Enlightened World will send your ministers of both religion and government to an educational campus where you can learn that being gay is inborn and for most irrevocable. You will graduate from this campus upon signing a revocation of your new and viscious constitutional prohibitions against gay people.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 26, 2014 9:00:01 PM

  4. Don't believe a word this guy says. Stop all funding to Uganda. Sign the White House Petition: http://wh.gov/lPvmY

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Feb 26, 2014 9:16:45 PM

  5. "... in prison, just before we murder them with the blessing of the law."

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Feb 26, 2014 9:48:11 PM

  6. It's a trap!

    Posted by: Bravo | Feb 26, 2014 10:14:01 PM

  7. LOL @ BRAVO !!!!!

    Posted by: tristram | Feb 26, 2014 10:18:22 PM

  8. those words are so reassuring, glad he cleared things up (rolling eyes).

    norway, denmark, and the netherlands have taken action to withdraw or modify financial assistance. france and other european countries are busy making decisions on their responses. now it's the turn of the obama administration to act - if there are no consequences for uganda, what country will pass the next "jail the gays for life" bill?

    Posted by: northalabama | Feb 26, 2014 10:32:17 PM

  9. If there was no hell there would be no heaven. People have died for you.

    Posted by: Neil | Feb 26, 2014 10:38:45 PM


    Posted by: freak | Feb 26, 2014 10:50:26 PM

  11. The "leaders" of this country have ZERO intellect and ZERO ability to critically think. It's absolutely ridiculous!

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Feb 26, 2014 11:22:21 PM

  12. Oh, i'm sure you'll take care of them all right...you'll find a final solution to your "problem".

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 27, 2014 1:39:05 AM

  13. Let's be perfectly clear :

    All aid must be stopped. Now.

    The Inquisition always started in any given town with the exhortation, 'come and confess to us and you will not be punished'. Betray your neighbours now and you will be received back into the Church.

    This is the Ugandan Inquisition.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 27, 2014 3:25:30 AM

  14. The US gives $400 million in aid each year to Uganda.

    This must stop. In its entirety.

    The world must abandon Uganda.

    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 27, 2014 3:36:36 AM

  15. is this creature REAL? What a stupid joke.

    Posted by: lg | Feb 27, 2014 3:38:58 AM

  16. Must make one proud to be Ugandan.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 27, 2014 9:55:50 AM

  17. But under the Nazi like law the nurse or doctor is required to turn them over to the gestapo or go to prison for 7years.

    Do not, I repeat DO NOT fall for this. You will be arrested.

    Posted by: Sean | Feb 27, 2014 10:45:13 AM

  18. LIAR!

    Posted by: Chopped | Feb 27, 2014 2:30:08 PM

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