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Kerry speaks with Uganda president, says anti-gay law complicates U.S. ties

Friday, February 28, 2014
APJohn Kerry
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Uganda's president that the African nation's new anti-gay law will complicate its relationship with America.

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Aids cuts, loan delays hit Uganda’s economy, poor health sector

Friday, February 28, 2014
Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said Friday, allaying concerns that work to improve maternal and child health services could stall because of the country's new anti-gay law.

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World Bank delays $90 million loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

Thursday, February 27, 2014
World Bank headquarters in Washington DC
WASHINGTON -- The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups.

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Ariz. governor Jan Brewer vetoes anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) vetoes SB 1062.
PHOENIX -- Arizona governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would have added protections for people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others.

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Uganda health minister: Gays will not be denied medical care

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
APIn this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, Uganda's health minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, speaks to the media outside Mulago Hospital, Uganda’s national referral hospital, in Kampala, Uganda.
Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected to become even more difficult for the country's homosexuals, including getting health care. The Ugandan government has issued assurances that health workers will not discriminate against homosexuals, but some gays say they are not confident about that.

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Ariz. governor returns home amid furor over anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights.

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The separation of religion and hate: Attacking the protection of freedom

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
church-and-state
The very core of the foundation of the U.S. Constitution is under attack, and it seems that the attackers relate very favorably to those who have encouraged Uganda and Nigeria, to mention just two nations, in their terrifying anti-gay legislation. The real concern, additional to the anti-gay intolerance, is a call to amend the Constitution; even to rewrite it, amounting to little more than a theocracy under which any religion could claim supremacy.

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Oklahoma anti-gay religious freedom bill being redrafted amid Arizona firestorm

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays will be rewritten and likely won't be considered in its current form this legislative session, the measure's House author said Tuesday. The bill (HB...

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Mo. lawmakers introduce ‘right to refuse service’ religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer deliberates the fate of her state's anti-gay religious freedom bill, legislation was filed on Monday in the Missouri Senate that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service.

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UN chief demands repeal of Uganda law, Netherlands freezes aid subsidy

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering "rehabilitation" for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday demanded that Uganda revise or repeal the law imposing prison sentences for the "crime" of homosexuality, adding to the growing international criticism of the measure signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday.

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