Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has shocked and appalled well, anyone with any sense of decency, after signing an anti-gay bill with perhaps the toughest laws against homosexuality in the world.
Under the new bill, the punishment for gay sex can be life imprisonment – and the law states that first-time offenders should be sentenced to 14 years in jail.
The maximum sentence of life imprisonment is reserved for acts of what the bill calls “aggravated homosexuality,” which include gay sex where one partner is infected by HIV or disabled, repeated gay sex (even if both partners are consenting), and acts involving a minor (this law does not apply to heterosexual underage sex).
The bill also threatens to sentence those who support the LGBT community — merely trying to aid or counsel a gay person, could result in 5-7 years in jail.
The bill goes into effect immediately.
Government officials applauded as President Museveni signed the bill – and delivered an offensive anti-gay diatribe while he was at it.
Museveni denigrated gay people, calling them “prostitutes” and “mercenaries”.
“Homosexuals are actually mercenaries. They are heterosexual people but because of money they say they are homosexuals. These are prostitutes because of money,” he explained.
He said he couldn’t understand how a gay man could “fail to be attracted to all these beautiful women and be attracted to a man”.
The 69-year-olkd President expressed a particular aversion to oral sex, saying, “That is a really serious matter. There is something really wrong with you.”