Obama Slams Uganda’s ‘Odious’ Anti-Gay Bill
Posted on Feb 4, 2010
The U.S. may still have a long way to go in terms of securing the civil rights of its GLBTQ citizens, but in some other parts of the world, such as Uganda, institutionalized homophobia threatens to take a deadly form. President Barack Obama spoke out Thursday against anti-homosexual legislation currently under consideration in the African country, calling the bill “odious.” —KA
It is “unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are,” [Obama] told politicians and religious leaders at a prayer breakfast in Washington.
Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda and punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
The bill would raise that penalty to life in prison.
It also proposes the death penalty for a new offence of “aggravated homosexuality” - defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a “serial offender”.
AP / Stephen Wandera
Starting them early: Sign-toting children demonstrate against homosexuality in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala on Jan. 22.