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Uganda president to sign bill imposing life in prison for convicted homosexuals

Friday, February 14, 2014

KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign the country’s controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill that imposes life imprisonment for anyone convicted of homosexuality, according to a government spokesman.

Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni

Ofwono Opondo said on Twitter Friday that Museveni as told members of his National Resistance Movement (NRM) party that “he will assent the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.”

Museveni said last month he would sign the bill only on the condition that he receives scientific proof that gays are made and not born.

“Unless I have got confirmation from scientists that this condition is not genetic, but a behavior that is acquired, I will not sign the bill,” he had reportedly told party members.

According to a series of tweets Friday, Opondo said “14 medical experts presented a report that homosexuality is not genetic but a social behaviour,” followed by, “The NRM caucus has welcomed the development as a measure to protect Ugandans from social deviants.”

Evelyn Anite, a spokeswoman for the governing party, said Museveni promised to sign the bill after he reads the “medical experts” report. Both officials said no date has been set for the signing.

The Ugandan Observer has reported that Museveni “supports the law 100% especially if it deals with people who promote, abate, recruit and support homosexuality, but was a bit hesitant to accept the law if it seeks to punish homosexuals” for a “genetic condition.”

Museveni has been facing stiff pressure from party members to sign the bill.

The bill, first introduced in 2009, has garnered global condemnation and criticism for its harsh punishment which criminalizes sexual intercourse between same-sex partners.

The legislation provides for a sentence of life imprisonment for anyone convicted of homosexuality, as well as punishment for those convicted of being supportive of LGBT people.

In its original form, the bill was widely referred as the “Kill the Gays Bill” for including the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” — consensual same-sex acts committed by “repeat offenders,” anyone who is in a position of power, is HIV-positive, or uses intoxicating agents i.e. alcohol in the process.

Rights groups, including Amnesty International, have urged Museveni to reject the bill, which is popular among Christian clerics and lawmakers who say is necessary to deter Western homosexuals from “recruiting” children in Uganda.

On Friday, the organization Human Rights First expressed “deep concern” over the reports that the bill will be signed into law, saying it “will have severely adverse consequences for the human rights of LGBT people as well as other Ugandans.’”

Robyn Lieberman of Human Rights First said, “There should be no doubt that Museveni’s latest words on the subject have been influenced by the reaction to similar legislation in Nigeria, Russia and elsewhere.”

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  1. Ugh…I’m ashamed to say that our bigotry is one of our most effective exports.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:09pm
  2. whoa! convicted? smh

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:09pm
  3. Medieval morons

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:10pm
  4. I think it’s about time we cut off government aid to them. They clearly aren’t interested in being civilised so we’re just pissing in the wind

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:10pm
  5. Where at least I know Im Free….

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:10pm
  6. I can’t believe that people in Uganda will get a prison sentence for simply loving the same sex…I’m disgusted…

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:10pm
  7. Rightwing Christians applaud as what they funded over there becomes law. Disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:10pm
  8. I believe it is vitally important to track the work they have done; and to hold them to account. This is an opportunity to put them out of business here for good, and make them suffer greatly.

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:50pm
  9. ^^^Awesome reply. I hope that more people find out that the anti-gay legislation being passed in Africa is coming from here. Expose the rightwing!

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:56pm
  10. crazy bastard !!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:11pm
  11. And he will spend eternity suffering his lack of compassion and love for his neighbor

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:11pm
  12. This makes me so mad. I just want to strangle him.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:11pm
  13. Godless Feral!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:12pm
  14. Not good.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:12pm
  15. Arent most prisons full of “gay for the stay”?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:12pm
  16. .....you're too dumb to even glorify with an insult.

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:30pm
  17. When exactly do ppl become so ignorant?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:12pm
  18. Utterly ridiculous.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:12pm
  19. moron

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:13pm
  20. sounds like he is threatening people with a good time, why cant obama throw me in a cell with jenna haze for a life sentence

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:13pm
  21. I am not a gay man, I am very very straight, however my humble life has been graced by some incredible people who are gay, lesbian, and transgender…but this shit wants to make me punch all of Uganda right in the jaw…Jesus..(I apologize for the truculence in my message I’m pretty educated but seriously…)

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:13pm
  22. Welcome to the stone ages !!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:13pm
  23. We must cut off all diplomatic relations and all economic help…ITS ENOUGH!!!!!!:(

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:14pm
  24. I don’t know who these so called “experts” are, but they are wrong as there has been studies done around the world by independent scientists that claim that homosexuality is in fact genetic. These Ugandan “medical experts” should present their “evidence” for us to read.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:14pm
  25. correct is genetics, no one chose to be gay or straight, you naturally are attracted... thus homophobic people only like to live in a straight world and don't allow gay or other to be free, is all about power and control....

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:31pm
  26. This is hideous. I’ve been a strong supporter of Bead For Life, which provides the means for women (and some men) in Uganda to support themselves and their children. As much as I believe in that effort, I don’t see how I can continue to support anything at all that has to do with Uganda.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:14pm
  27. This man is not only ulgy on the outside but he’s ugly on the inside.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:14pm
  28. enjoy that shit hole of a nation you live in.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:15pm
  29. No more helping them except for getting people out of there. We have lots of room in the US for people who want to come here.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:15pm
  30. Oh no, I still had hope he wouldn’t. Just horrible for the LGBT community in Uganda.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:15pm
  31. Sad bastard.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:15pm
  32. may he freeze in the darkest circle of hell

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:15pm
  33. black hitler

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:16pm
  34. but “Museveni said last month he would sign the bill only on the condition that he receives scientific proof that gays are made and not born.
    “Unless I have got confirmation from scientists that this condition is not genetic, but a behavior that is acquired, I will not sign the bill,” he had reportedly told party members.”

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  35. What? And these are more reasons why although not perfect America is the best place in the world to live

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  36. A new form of slavery and Hitler mind set another Ass whole starting another holicost they better think of how they were once not free dumb ass

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  37. Lol Travis…Prison Sex!!! Thats jest wrong

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  38. Yet murders, folks who rape and kill children, wife abusers, drug dealers and the likes, are all free to run wild and free. They are too worried about gay folk; and I’m not real sure how this is gonna help the country.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  39. What I want to know is who are these scientists that confirmed to him that homosexuality is a social behavior and not genetic. I would like to look at their research. Because i know for a fact i was born a homosexual.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  40. Clearly this is a violation of human rights! No USA aid to Uganda until they change their persecution of LGBT people!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  41. Well hopefully Uganda doesn’t need any aid anytime soon.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  42. What a waste of money.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  43. nope. don’t do that. don’t do the thing

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:17pm
  44. Sad

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:18pm
  45. wtf is wrong with ppl and let me guess we fund them in some sort of way right y? what r they doing for us NOT A FUCKING THING

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:18pm
  46. Omg ugandan gays take care of yourselves :(

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:18pm
  47. going to prison seems a bit harsh

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:18pm
  48. No US Aide to countries with this kind of human rights policies.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:19pm
  49. Lets help our brothers and sisters in Uganda find a way out of there and bring them to the land of the free.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:19pm
  50. Thanks to American missionaries for starting this trend. You do your faith proud.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:19pm
  51. Fuck him hes sounds like a POS

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:20pm
  52. Omfg teally . Love is love no matter who or what cause come on I mean we’ve all read a bout men marrying Goats horses pigs even Monkeys . Can you honestly call that normal oh hell no . But if two men or two woman get together its the crime of the century . Omfg get civilised will ya xxxx

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:20pm
  53. These people are so narrow minded

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:20pm
  54. Looks like Ill be cancelling my summer vacation to Uganda.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:21pm
  55. Indeed – this is a human rights issue and USA should not be supporting a country that is denying gay folks their rights. Cut them off of any and all money now.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:21pm
  56. its only gay if your catching

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:21pm
  57. This dumbas does not know what love is and putting in jail for being who they are is wrong and cruel and against humanity.All they are doing is loving each other and that what straight people do.He does not care that his own are starving and suffering because of him

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:21pm
  58. Thank god for South Africa

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:22pm
  59. oh this is just beyond belief!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:22pm
  60. This means, get out of dodge!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:23pm
  61. This is the result of Xtians spreading their message of “love” to Africa through missionary work. Religion is the enemy of peace and tolerance.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:23pm
  62. Religion is the most dangerous weapon of hatred in the universe.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:23pm
  63. Im happy i dont live there . that’s dumb

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:23pm
  64. Thats what Im screamin jeez….lol..funny Travis..but true.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:24pm
  65. This is very upsetting.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:24pm
  66. Disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:25pm
  67. Burn in hell Uganda president

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:26pm
  68. That place and it’s people gave me the jeeper creepers

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:26pm
  69. I never had any urge to go to any parts of Africa and this just seals it.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:26pm
  70. hell ill let jenna haze lay back and catch this for a life sentence… it will only get boring when she gets fat from the high carb prison food

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:26pm
  71. * checks Uganda off my list of places to visit. *

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:26pm
  72. For a moment I thought there was someone with intelligence in the Ugandan government. I was wrong.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:26pm
  73. Ugh! I expected better from this guy! It seems that he is just another bigot!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:27pm
  74. Just terrible..

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:27pm
  75. What a wasta!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:28pm
  76. Really, with all the rape, murder, chemical water, starving children, and poverty. This is the issue they wanna focus on? Convicting gays for life in prison? When is the world gonna stop worrying about gays. And actually worry about real issues that are killing and harming people?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:28pm
  77. They full of hate I have watch a documentary of being gay in Uganda so gay peeps just stay the hell away

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:29pm
  78. that is just so sick

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:29pm
  79. How bout life in prison for total idiots? “Here’s your cell Mr. President.”

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:29pm
  80. SICK ASS HOLE

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:31pm
  81. No MORE aid!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:31pm
  82. Cut off aid to Uganda.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:32pm
  83. As if that wasn’t enough to be born as a minority, in a poor country with not much hope, now you go to jail for life for the way you are born. There is a hell on earth and it is called Uganda.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:32pm
  84. Pure evil. He doesn’t have a soul.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:33pm
  85. Africa (with the exception of south Africa) is a shit hole.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:36pm
  86. Ignorant loser idiot…prison suits you

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:36pm
  87. Ignorant bastard…these third world countries are so backwards….

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:37pm
  88. Wow. It infuriates me to see the level of bigotry that exists here in America. I can not imagine living with THAT level of ignorance and irrational BULLSHIT. That is inexcusable!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:37pm
  89. fuck off

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:37pm
  90. guess that scott lively’s been traveling…way to cave you chicken shit for a president.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:38pm
  91. This man is an idiot. An asshole, but I have to make a joke:
    What a punishment. Lock up gays in an institution where there is nothing but men.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:38pm
  92. Let ALL civilized countries cease sending aid to Uganda….
    Let trade embargoes be sanctioned immediately….
    Effectively, cut countries like Uganda and Russia off from civilization until they mend their ways…..

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:39pm
  93. If being gay was a choice then when did we decide to be straight? This whole thing is bull shit….

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:45pm
  94. watch as that country is absolutely ruined…and we all know right-wing christian radicals are to blame. it’ll prove religion, not “sexual immorality,” leads to degradation of society.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:45pm
  95. Samuel Paxton until the good USA gets our front yard cleaned up then we have no right to condemn other nations. Yes that is an extreme in any country but in the USA Homosez

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:46pm
  96. the world would be a better place if Uganda was razed to the ground and turned into a giant strip mall/ikea/parking lot

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  97. err Homosexuals are not even citizens in any aspect but paying taxes! We need couples in every state to sue the state governments to demand they civil rights! Then once we clean up our back yard then cut off aid to people that cannot follow suit!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:48pm
  98. Die already.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:48pm
  99. because no one in prison has gay sex

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:52pm
  100. You know he’s on the down low!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:53pm
  101. Ignorance is NOT BLISS!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:54pm
  102. Please kill him

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:56pm
  103. Pull all foreign aid, pull back troops sent to assist the government and let them rot in their own hate and ignorance.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:59pm
  104. TYPICAL BACKWRADS AFICAN BARBARISM

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:02pm
  105. Really Grow up President Yoweri, this 2014, Love people not Hate People because there not like you!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:03pm
  106. Please. Africans were the first human beings on Earth. Now act like it.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:03pm
  107. asshole

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:04pm
  108. This fucker needs to get eaten by a lion.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:04pm
  109. Today in the paper i read scientists have found to be gay, genetic , and to do with mothers hormones in the womb. Cudnt sumbdy show him that report?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:08pm
  110. Are we sure that he’s not from Kansas?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:08pm
  111. Religion is a choice. Political affiliation is a choice. Being an asshole is a choice. Being LGBTQ is not. Bigotry is the “unnatural” thing, and /it/ must be eliminated by stiff fines/global sanctions and criminal penalties, instead of all this catering to conservative religionists who think they’re being oppressed every time someone dares to remind them that they’re not the center of the universe.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:09pm
  112. That’s fucking ridiculous

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:14pm
  113. I hope someone shoots that bastard

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:17pm
  114. thye should convict him on starving his people

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:20pm
  115. Something needs to be done.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:21pm
  116. OMG………..and this is 2014? SHAME SHAME SHAME on you Uganda.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:23pm
  117. So sad and uncivilized! What makes it worse is to know many in Uganda were brainwashed by the far, far right evangelicals from our United States of America.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:24pm
  118. US needs to cut all ties and aid to Uganda.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:31pm
  119. Surgeon General Warning, “Imprisonment may cause even more gay activity.”

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:34pm
  120. Not too Homophobic is he???

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:35pm
  121. Ditto on cutting funding. Not just from the US, but the EU as well

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:40pm
  122. He needs to be put to rest.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:41pm
  123. Ignorant

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:42pm
  124. Ugandan President is under great pressure, but this action is not proper to take away civil personal rights – that is not fair nor justice!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:42pm
  125. Boy they must have tons f $$$$ pay to lock people up for being gay……..sad

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:44pm
  126. So when do we invade?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:44pm
  127. Oh look more stupidity in family values in another country … wow cause ya know there is not gay sex in prison .bahahaaa. dumb asses in charge…. I vote for papa smurf for president !

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:44pm
  128. Savage cretin

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:46pm
  129. He will die by the sword.

    No US aid for Uganda!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:47pm
  130. NO USA MONEY THERE!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:49pm
  131. Appalling.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:50pm
  132. sick

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:51pm
  133. Put him in prison for his hatred and intolerance! Time for a coup!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:54pm
  134. We got it here in the us it’s legal in Kansas and Tennessee to discriminate against gays!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:58pm
  135. good grief. how sad.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:59pm
  136. this is horrible…and wrong……dear God help us all

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:00pm
  137. What a moron! he is a piece of shit.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:03pm
  138. When will the EU put a travel ban on these people who consistently undermine Human Rights….cancel their visas to Europe…….we spent billions of tax money helping these countries…….

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:03pm
  139. As of Africans haven’t already endured enough suppression and death and bigotry.. Here let’s add some more shit to this shit stew we call humanity.. Fucking retards

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:04pm
  140. SOMEONE SHOULD GIVE THIS BASTARD LIFE IN HIS OWN PRISION

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:05pm
  141. All LGBT people need to get the fuck out of Africa now your life depends on it.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:12pm
  142. They need to be tried for crimes against humanity! And we need yo sue the right wing but bags who went over there and told them gays were recruiting their children, sue for defamation of character.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:12pm
  143. Any representative from the Ugandan government MUST be declared Persona Non Grata in Canada and any and all Canadian financial support for their regime or civil projects ended immediately.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:12pm
  144. Any Ugandan government officials entering Canada should be held for crimes against humanity and tried in the courts at The Hague.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:14pm
  145. Ya. That’ll cure a guy. What fuckwits.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:16pm
  146. The United Nations needs to impose the strictest of Sanctions on this nation! Every Country should withdrawal 100 percent of its financial and food aid and whatever support currently sent to this country from the socialized world!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:16pm
  147. ASSHOLE>

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:18pm
  148. I’m looking forward to see his head blown from a 16mm up his ass! We have to pressure the Aligned Leaders of the World and the United Nations to step up sanctions immediately!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:18pm
  149. We all need to start a movement which will suspend ALL charitable support to Uganda and Nigeria. Spread the word to all LGBT friends and allies immediately.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:21pm
  150. Suspend all lesbian porn from being distributed in that country to keep monsters like that bitch from enjoying anything from the gay community.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:24pm
  151. What??? That is the sentence for murder…in other words they are saying you might as well murder someone if you are GLBT…cause you are getting the same sentence.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:24pm
  152. Bound to BURN IN HELL!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:26pm
  153. Up your REGGIN

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:31pm
  154. The world needs to educate them

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:40pm
  155. just sickening……..i cant even comprehend this…..smh!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:43pm
  156. add that to the list of countries not to visit, Russia, Somalia, Uganda

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:48pm
  157. What an asshole

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:48pm
  158. THIS IS INSANE!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:49pm