On live television, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law that tightens the stranglehold on gays and lesbians living in the African nation. It includes a ‘life imprisonment’ term for “repeat homosexual offenders” and makes it illegal to promote homosexuality. Oh, and straight people choosing not to report on known homosexuals? That’s also a crime now.
It turns out Western diplomacy doesn’t do a damn thing when it comes to Uganda’s draconian anti-gay legislature. It was just earlier this month Museveni made a big public show condemning the bill for fear of damaging foreign aid relations.
He also had these choice words to add:
‘We don’t impose ourselves on Western culture. What is wrong with this then? Why must you show us how you kiss? We are sick of homosexuals exhibiting themselves. All Africans are flabbergasted by this exhibition of sexual conduct. I do not understand why a man can’t be attracted to a beautiful woman and instead be attracted to a fellow man.”
Tough to argue with that kind of logic.
Human rights advocate and former Archbishop Desmond Tutu condemned the law, putting out this statement:
“When President Museveni and I spoke last month, he gave his word that he would not let the anti-homosexuality bill become law in Uganda. I was therefore very disheartened to hear last week that President Museveni was reconsidering his position.
We must be entirely clear about this: the history of people is littered with attempts to legislate against love or marriage across class, caste, and race. But there is no scientific basis or genetic rationale for love. There is only the grace of God.”