In the latest aftermath of Uganda’s measure to criminalize homo$exuality, President Barack Obama has threatened that this could affect relations between the African nation and the United States. However, Ugandans have a message for Obama – ‘BACK OFF.’
Uganda already has a law banning $ex between men. This new bill of criminalizing homo$exuality which was passed by the Ugandan parliament in December and likely to be signed by President Yoweri Museveni, will allow sentences to range from 14 years in prison for a first conviction and up to life in prison for ‘so-called aggravated homo$exuality.’ In addition to this, one version of the bill calls for the death penalty.
As mentioned, President Obama has voiced strong concerns over this new bill and is possibly threatening withholding aid. But many Ugandans want the U.S. President to leave their country alone and as one citizen stated, ‘stop meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.’ Because many Ugandans view homo$exuality as a moral sin, they don’t agree with the pressure put upon them by the Obama administration.
According to a BBC report, “The U.S. is one of Uganda’s largest foreign aid donors, and in 2011 a small group of American troops helped the Ugandan military fight the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army.”
Initially, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni refused to sign the new bill but after facing pressure by the governing body and evangelical ministers in Africa, Museveni has changed his mind. He was presented with a report from Ugandan scientists that concluded there’s no defective gene responsible for homo$exuality and that it’s an abnormal behavior that is learned over time.
In my opinion, it would appear the people of Uganda need to be educated about homo$exuality because they are creating a homophobic environment that will create more violence among those in the LGBT community. Bringing peace to a nation that criminalizes homosexuality will be difficult. Let’s face it – Obama has a lot of thinking to do about this matter.
Source: The Root
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