Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Law Despite Threats

Museveni_July_2012_CroppedDespite clamors from government leaders around the world and threats to cut aids to Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni stood by the enactment of the bill which was meant to toughen penalties against homosexuals. The new law also states that homosexual acts are considered crimes and are punishable by life in prison. Museveni said that he won’t allow the US and other Western countries to tell Uganda what values should be upheld in their country.

It was in 2009 when the bill was first introduced. The original bill was in fact tougher as it included a death penalty clause for homosexuals. However, EU and Britain expressed their intention to withdraw aids to Uganda should they pass the said bill. Eventually, they replaced the clause with life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality.” Museveni signed the bill in his beliefs that homosexuality is something that is learned and can be unlearned. President Obama of the US expressed his disappointment over the passage of the bill. He believes that it can pose affront danger to the gay people in Uganda. However, despite threats of withdrawing aids from the US, Museveni was unfazed. He believes that Uganda can stand on its own feet.

What Happens Next?

The said law simply strengthened the stance of most African countries against homosexuality. In fact, it is considered illegal in 38 African countries. Recently, there was news of gay people who were harassed right after the law was signed. A list of gay people in Uganda was also published in a newspaper. There were also reports of a man who was burned alive for being gay. The international gay community is saddened by this news. At the same time, they are worried about the situation of the gay people in Uganda. This law has definitely set everything backwards by several years.

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