Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, speaking at the London Summit on Family Planning
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That law mandates life sentences in jail for those who have gay sex. It also prohibits the “promotion” of homosexuality. Being gay is already outlawed in the country.
The latest anti-gay news, as the Associated Press reports, is that a Ugandan newspaper published a list of the “top” 200 gay people in the country. The list includes gay activists, a hip-hop star and a Catholic priest. “The media witch hunt is back,” tweeted Jacqueline Kasha, an activist.
It echoes a 2011 list published that called for the execution of the alleged gay people listed. One Ugandan gay activist named David Kato was killed after the 2011 list was released.
The Obama administration has condemned the laws. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the anti-gay law signed by Uganda’s president marked “a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights.”
Other Americans have different ideas about Uganda’s anti-gay laws. Christian right activists in the U.S. have praised Uganda’s anti-gay laws.