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Uganda President Claims To Be Interested In Less Harsh Anti-Homosexuality Laws


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has urged the country’s Parliamentary Caucus, led by the National Resistance Movement, not to prioritize the resurrection of its anti-homosexuality law, despite his clear intention to bring it back, albeit with different terms. A revised version of the law, according to Museveni, would prioritize penalization for “recruitment of children and exploiting financially vulnerable youths.”

The Ugandan government nullified the original version of the law on a technicality after a review found that it was created without the necessary quorum--a third of the parliamentary body. The law, supported by both of Uganda’s dominant political party and its opposition, drew widespread criticism from the West, prompting the freezing and cancellation of governmental aid.

Despite the invalidation of the law, Museveni has implored members of the Ugandan parliament to debate the legislation at length when it is re-introduced for review. Describing the situation as a delicate problem that needed to be dealt with. Museveni has created a committee of 10, chaired by his Vice President Edward Kwanuka Sekandi, to develop a revised version of the law. In theory, the new law would not carry hard penalties for openly gay individuals.

“If two consenting adults go into their room and decide to be stupid, let them be," Parliament Member Medard Bitekyerezo said of the President’s supposed shift in opinion. "We agreed to come up with a new version that doesn't hurt our Western friends but also protects Ugandans."

Listen to Ugandan President Museveni's remarks after signing Uganda's original anti-homosexuality bill into law, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. What a coincidence that he comes up with his kinder gentler opinion shortly after meeting with the POTUS.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Aug 13, 2014 5:33:48 PM

  2. There was at least one gay married couple at the white house that I know of. Maybe he met a gay couple for the first time.

    Posted by: Markt | Aug 13, 2014 5:36:25 PM

  3. What Mr. Musaveni really said, "I have been informed that aid money that I was siphoning off for my own use will be cut off if I sign laws that make being gay a death sentence."

    Posted by: bkmn | Aug 13, 2014 5:40:18 PM

  4. i never imagined withholding money would have an effect so quickly. it will be interesting to see if his actions reconcile with his words. i'm trying not to be cynical, it's just this happened so quickly.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 13, 2014 6:13:06 PM

  5. Why don't we send pills and not dollars?

    Posted by: Carmelo | Aug 13, 2014 6:22:43 PM

  6. No aid should be forthcoming to this gang until equality legislation for gays is introduced.

    Instead of their negative interference in private relationships they should be promoting equal rights.
    Let's tell them that in a way which even these bigots will understand: Not a penny more !

    And let's also have an inquiry into their bank accounts !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 13, 2014 6:51:22 PM

  7. "a new version that doesn't hurt our Western friends"?
    What does that mean?
    Does it mean the law applies only to locals?

    Posted by: simon | Aug 13, 2014 6:52:04 PM

  8. christian scum

    Posted by: ascanius | Aug 13, 2014 7:12:47 PM

  9. @SIMON

    It means Ugandans don't give a flying f*** about their own LGBTQ citizens. They're acknowledging that the only people who care about suffering and dying LGBTQ Ugandans are from the West.

    If it weren't for the West, Ugandan hetero-supremacists would be wallowing in blood and smell of burning flesh of their own LGBTQ citizens.

    THAT'S that it means.

    Posted by: Ikiryo | Aug 13, 2014 7:52:38 PM

  10. What a stupid pig this guy is.

    Uganda already had a 10 year jail sentence for being gay before this new law.

    Tha fact that they are still talking about this law instead of abolishing the law shows that we should abandon this banana republic.

    I hope this pig dies of ebola.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 14, 2014 4:25:31 AM

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