Ugandan president to sign anti-gay bill despite U.S. condemnation

Museveni says homosexuality has been scientifically proven to be not biological

The Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has said he will o ahead and sign an anti-gay bill into law despite pressure and condemnation from the U.S.

The U.S. President, Barack Obama, Sunday, expressed his disappointment at Mr. Museveni’s plan to enact the legislation. He warned that the move would complicate U.S. relations with Uganda, and be a step backward for all Ugandans.

The bill, which has been in Uganda’s parliament since 2009, was overwhelmingly passed by legislators recently.

Mr. Museveni said on Tuesday at the end of a meeting of the ruling party’s legislators in Kampala, that even though he initially refused to sign the bill criminalising homosexuality, he would sign it now following a scientific explanation from experts that homosexuality is not biological.

He noted that while a previous clause proposing the death penalty for some offences had been dropped, the current proposal could see those convicted facing life imprisonment.

Mr. Museveni added that all those promoting homosexuality should be dealt with harshly by law.

(Xinhua/NAN)


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