Based upon a medical experts report, the president of Uganda now plans to sign a bill that would allow life sentences to be handed down to gays in his East African country, according to a February 14 Fox News report.
Gay Ugandan asylum seekers threaten to flood the U.S. and Great Britain if President Yoweri Museveni goes through with his bill signing, according to The Telegraph, as they have already said that persecution against them has risen since the bill was first proposed by Parliament in December.
Ugandan President Museveni originally planned to veto the bill even though he feels homosexuality is abnormal, previously stating punishing homosexuals with life imprisonment for practicing something considered a crime in his country was too harsh a sentence. But when he received the report from medical experts that he had commissioned, which stated that gay lifestyles are not the result of genetics, but rather an adopted social behavior, he reconsidered his position.
The report from doctors and geneticists concluded that homosexuality cannot be proven to be something a person is born with, according to the Guardian. Instead, the experts deem the condition is man made.
Here in the states the topic of being gay and seeking to marry your same-sex partner has reared its head again, with a federal judge in Virginia choosing to go against the voters in that part of the South by ruling a same-sex marriage ban they passed into law is unconstitutional. Conservatives vow to appeal the Virginia judge's ruling, which they feel infringes on their constitutional right as much as the infringement the judge felt gays received through the ban.
Russian President Vladmir Putin drew ire from some in the international community for his stand against homosexuality practices in his country in advance of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. But unlike his Ugandan counterpart, he did not appear to waver over the possibility of recanting his position. And now, Pres. Museveni feels he has the legitimate documentation to support his willingness to sign a bill that will sentence life imprisonment to any of his countrymen found to be committing the crime of practicing homosexuality.