U.S. President, Mr. Barack Obama has condemned the sponsor of Uganda gay bill, and questioned Uganda’s conscientiousness, in a breakfast meeting he held with religious leaders in Washington. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has distanced himself from the bill, saying it does not represent the views of his government.
“We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are, whether it is here in the United States or… more extremely, in odious laws that are being proposed more recently in Uganda,” Mr. Obama was quoted as saying.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda and punishable by up to 14 years in prison. But the bill would raise that penalty to life in prison or death penalty in some cases of homosexual intercourse.