Uganda official warns Obama to keep off gay-bill

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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.

Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda  The Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced in 2009 by MP David Bahati seeks to impose the death penalty on gay men who are HIV-positive for “aggravated homosexuality”. In Uganda today, homosexuality is already a crime punishable by a prison life term. This proposed law would not only condemn HIV positive gay men and "repeat offenders" to death, it would also jail for three years anyone who knows a gay man but refuses to report them to the authorities. In addition to that, anyone who defends gay rights in public will be sentenced to seven years in prison.
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