Uganda President Signs Anti-Gay Bill, Gays Can Now Be Sentenced To Life In Prison
Updated Monday at 9:27 PST:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has released the following statement:
Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality. As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country's commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. We will continue to urge the Ugandan government to repeal this abhorrent law and to advocate for the protection of the universal human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and around the world.
Thoughts on the White House response, Instincters?
President Yoweri Museveni signed Uganda's anti-gay bill into law on Monday. Homosexuality can now be punished with sentences of life in prison in the country.
Uganda's president signed a new law imposing harsh penalties on gay people on Monday, defying protests from rights groups, Western donors and a warning that it would complicate links with major ally Washington.
The new bill punishes anyone convicted of having gay sex with jail terms up to life, according to a draft of the legislation.
It also makes it a crime to fail to report someone for breaking the new law, again according to drafts.
It remains to be seen how United States will officially respond to this newly signed legislation. The Obama administration has previously denounced the legislation and warned that its passage complicate relations:
According to Reuters:
A senior Obama administration official had said the United States would review U.S. relations with Uganda if the law was enacted. Washington is one of Uganda's largest donors, sending more than $400 million a year in recent years.
We're not on board with the U.S. government continuing to fund a nation that puts our LGBT brothers and sisters behind bars. What about you, Instincters?