Signing Of Anti-Gay Law Brings Fears Of Violence Against Gays In Uganda
An international gay rights organization says countries that have implemented anti-gay legislation have seen a surge in violence against individuals who are believed to be gay.
The concern is that the same thing will now happen in Uganda, where the president signed a measure calling for harsh penalties for offenses including repeated gay sex between consenting adults.
Uganda's president said the bill was needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa.
Nigeria's president signed an anti-gay bill into law just over a month ago, sparking increased violence against gays.
The Ugandan law calls for first-time offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in jail. Life in prison is the maximum penalty for "aggravated homosexuality," including repeated gay sex between consenting adults.
In Washington, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called the law "abhorrent" and called for its repeal. He said the white house is reviewing its relationship with uganda.
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