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Ugandan President Signs Bill Imposing Life Imprisonment for Homosexuality Into Law

Ugandan President Museveni has signed a bill penalizing homosexuality with life imprisonment into law, the Ugandan Observer reports:

MuseveniThe president was in combative mood in a speech after the signing and while answering questions from journalists.  He suggested that the law was made necessary by arrogant western groups promoting a behaviour that threatens Ugandans’ “way of life”.

The signing, which was delayed by more than three hours, has been condemned internationally, but was hugely anticipated by many Ugandans.

The president, who first launched Galaxy International School at Lubowa, Entebbe road, signed the law at around 1:50pm East African time.

Before signing, the president identified three categories of gay people – recruiters, exhibitionists and mercenaries.

The president suggested he could not to understand how men could fail to be attracted to Uganda’s beautiful women and, instead, get attracted to fellow men. The president also paraded the mostly Ugandan scientists who concluded that homosexuality wasn’t generic.

The signing is expected to attract more attention and reaction from human rights defenders and the Western world, who have consistently been against the president’s assent since the bill was passed by Parliament in December 2013.

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  1. what a horror. we must find a way to arrest this madness, because it is now a very short walk to an all-out genocide of Queer people throughout Africa.

    prosecuting Scott Lively and shining light on the Evangelical worm-tongues who traipse around Africa johnnyappleseed-ing this virulent hate will help somewhat...

    ...but Africa apologists will be unlikely to confront the underlying cultural bigotries, and instead lay all focus on prior European colonialism.

    unless these apologists can find a way to frame homophobia as a European import to Africa AMONG AFRICANS IN AFRICA, they are wasting time that many queer Africans no longer have to spare.

    i fear greatly that this hate campaign will intensify, and worry that we Western queers will limit our ability to help by projecting our biases there.

    Posted by: Jeton Ademaj | Feb 24, 2014 8:05:12 AM


  2. Well, we wouldn't want to threaten the 'way of life' of a country where 67% of the population are living in or close to terrible poverty.

    Posted by: tristram | Feb 24, 2014 8:06:15 AM


  3. We need a White House petition. With 100k votes we can force them to publicly review cutting off all aid to Uganda. They won't do it but it will be a public hit to Uganda and the US government for doing nothing about this.

    Posted by: RayJacksonMS2 | Feb 24, 2014 8:11:48 AM


  4. It is time for us to do our due diligence and pressure our government to halt all aid to this hell-hole.

    Posted by: Rafael | Feb 24, 2014 8:16:50 AM


  5. Please write to the White House and
    express your outrage about this hateful Ugandan law.

    Financial, military and government aid
    needs to STOP.

    Americans WILL NOT and CAN NOT stand by
    and say NOTHING...this is bigotry and hate.

    Posted by: Bigun | Feb 24, 2014 8:26:27 AM


  6. Cut off all aid.
    Recall diplomatic staff.
    Freeze assets.
    Turn away Ugandan shipping and airlines.
    Extend asylum in US and Europe.

    Time to take a stand.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 24, 2014 8:27:42 AM


  7. Wait a minute. The religious right wacko birds were in his country soliciting support for this bigotry, and he doesn't consider that interfering? He's as wacko as they are. That aside, the whole world seems to be going to hell in a hand basket with this bigotry which is really the result of organized religion. So, Pope Francis, where's the growth and service to the world by the Christian believers?

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 24, 2014 8:43:04 AM


  8. We're talking a country that lacks food & health services, has an infant mortality rate that exceeds 89/1000 births, a literacy rate of 56.5%, 4% living w/AIDS, 23% of population malnourished & 35% living on $1/day or less. ....and they're worried about penis in butt? Right, then.

    Most sodomy laws in the 38 African countries than ban it, were introduced during the terrorism & genocide we call colonialism. We can thank Christian & Muslim missionaries for the anti-gay legislation in Africa.

    Posted by: Bull Winkle | Feb 24, 2014 9:14:05 AM


  9. Go after Scott Lively and the Family. Unmask them and shut them down. NOW.

    Posted by: Chuck | Feb 24, 2014 9:25:05 AM


  10. The Nazi barbarian will hang

    Posted by: Sean | Feb 24, 2014 9:39:12 AM


  11. BACKWARD LITTLE MONKEYS !

    Posted by: BRAINS | Feb 24, 2014 10:02:30 AM


  12. "concluded that homosexuality wasn’t generic."

    LOL. If this stuff wasn't so serious, it would be hard to take any of these buffoons seriously.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Feb 24, 2014 10:04:14 AM


  13. A Ugandan scientist is an oxymoron.

    Posted by: Will | Feb 24, 2014 10:08:54 AM


  14. @ Randal I assumed that was a typo. It was meant to be "genetic" not "generic."

    Posted by: gr8guya | Feb 24, 2014 10:28:03 AM


  15. This makes me sad. Legalisation of Discrimination.

    Posted by: coexxi | Feb 24, 2014 11:32:06 AM


  16. Why aren't people just as indignant at Saudi Arabia, Iran, Guyana and other countries with similar laws in the books?

    Posted by: sidewalk | Feb 24, 2014 12:17:32 PM


  17. Good to see the blatant racism here. Always best to focus on race and not human rights abuse or how the legislation in question came to be.

    Do the racist commenters feel the same about the white Republicans who spout similar garbage here in the US or Europe?

    Do the racist commenters understand that US evangelicals and other white American fundamentalist anti-gay Christians have been leading the charge for these laws not only in Africa but around the world? Hello, who do you think helped to encourage Russia pass its anti-gay laws? Nice white American Christian homophobes, that's who!

    The anti-gay laws in Africa were originally installed by the colonial European powers: Britain, France, etc. Why do people so easily forget that anti-gay laws existed in much of Western world until just a few decades ago. Hell, sodomy was still a crime in the US until the last decade when the US Supreme Court ruled such laws illegal.

    People do realize that being gay in many places in Central and Eastern Europe can still be a death sentence? How many times has Towleroad posted about violent mayhem against pride parade participants in Europe?

    Posted by: Marcel | Feb 24, 2014 12:43:59 PM


  18. THANK YOU MARCEL!!! TOWELROAD IS NOTHING BUT A RACISTS PUBLICATION WHO SEES BLACKS AS NOTHING MORE THAN "COCK" NNO NE TALKS ABOUT HOW THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WENT TO AFRICA AND LEFT ITS MARK, NO ONE TALKS ABOUT HOW MISSIONARIES IMPLANTED ALL OF THIS INTO THE AFRICAN PEOPLE BUT WERE STEADILY RAPING ITS WOMEN! I SAID IT ONCE AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN, GAY WHITE AND LATINO MEN ARE THE BIGGEST RACISTS ON THE PLANET!!!!

    Posted by: EXPOSING YOUR TRUE SELVES | Feb 24, 2014 1:31:24 PM


  19. @BIGUN, DO YOU FEEL TH SAME ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST, HELL EVEN IN AMERICA THERE ARE STILL SODOMY LAWS ON THE BOOKS! STOP GETTING CAUGHT UP IN TOWELROADS RACIST AGENDA! LOOK AROUND THE WORLD! WHO DO YOU THINK LED THE CHARGE FOR THIS MOVEMENT? WHITE AMERICAN RELIGIOUS GROUPS!!!!

    Posted by: EXPOSING YOUR TRUE SELVES | Feb 24, 2014 1:34:42 PM


  20. r: exposingyourtrueselves... "GAY WHITE AND LATINO MEN ARE THE BIGGEST RACISTS ON THE PLANET!!!!"

    You sir are a bigot.

    Posted by: John | Feb 24, 2014 1:45:29 PM


  21. What the hell is a gay mercenary?

    Posted by: Marty | Feb 24, 2014 3:09:10 PM


  22. I hope out tax dollars are not sending aid to this ignorant fool

    Posted by: jarago | Feb 24, 2014 5:38:19 PM


  23. Wow..and here I thought it was tough being a gay man in the Southern US. Uganda is making Mississippi look like the Castro.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 24, 2014 5:42:25 PM


  24. Ooga booga

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 24, 2014 11:20:02 PM


  25. So we know not to go to Uganda.
    Don't support the economy or tourism.
    Can you imagine if we said that people/govt leaders from Uganda were disgusting?

    Posted by: Matteo | Feb 25, 2014 1:21:43 AM


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