Uganda passes anti-gay legislation
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a bill into law that would make certain types of homosexual behavior punishable by life in prison despite criticism from Western powers.
Although homosexual acts are already illegal in the central African country, the new law enforces the harshest punishments yet. The original version included a death sentence for crimes that were deemed “aggravated homosexuality,” which included instances in which someone was infected with HIV, sex with minors or “serial offenders.”
“We have been disappointed for a long time by the conduct of the West, the way you conduct yourselves there,” Museveni told CNN’s Zain Verjee. “Our disappointment is now exacerbated because we are sorry to see that you live the way you live, but we keep quiet about it. Now you say, ‘You must also live like us.’ That’s where we say no.”