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Uganda official warns Obama to keep off gay-bill
Uganda government has advised US president Barack Obama to give Ugandans a chance to determine their destiny by making laws appropriate to their society.

The advise comes at a time when media reports indicate that President Obama has made fresh criticism of anti-gay efforts in Uganda, describing the bill as odious.

Obama is quoted by Uganda’s local paper, the Monitor as having said at the annual National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington last Thursday that, "We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are, whether it is here in USA or more extremely, in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda."

Uganda’s minister of ethics and integrity Nsaba Buturo has said, "President Obama should wait and see what Uganda’s parliament will do. He knows very well that the bill is being consulted upon. Let him give a chance to Ugandans to decide about gays."

One of the anti-gay leaders in Uganda, pastor Martin Sempa has also responded saying that Ugandans have their own cultural values which are different from those of Europe and USA. He said that "annal sex is unacceptable in Uganda."

Recently Uganda’s president Yoweri kaguta Museveni advised members of parliament to go "slow" on the bill.

The anti gay bill which was tabled by an MP, David Bahati has led to international criticism due to its harshness. It includes the death punishment.

 Dossier : Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda