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Uganda affirms natural relationships with new homosexuality crime bill

Ugandan president Museveni's attempt at protecting marriage/(wikipedia commons)
Ugandan president Museveni's attempt at protecting marriage/(wikipedia commons)

According to a recent Denver Post article, the Uganda president signed a homosexual crime bill that could bring violators imprisonment for a lifetime.

The bill was debated for a few years in the Ugandan Parliament, which finally approved the bill in December. The purpose of the bill, according to the New York Times article, was to "strengthening the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family."

This concern arose not from internal pressures of any local gay-activism but from the influence of Western propaganda, noted the New York Times. David Bahati, the lawmaker promoting the bill, noted that homosexuality was already illegal but that additional laws were needed to counter-act the subversive promotion of unnatural relationships.

The Denver Post published various responses to the law. The pro-homosexual leaders responded with stereotypical clichés:

Ugandan gay activist Dr. Paul Semugoma said: "It is sad that they disapprove of me and consider me to be evil, unnatural and un-African because of my kind of love. What should it matter to anyone who I love?"

On the other side, Scott Lively, an American pro-marriage lawyer reflected:

"I would rather the Ugandans had followed the Russian anti-propaganda model which reflects my philosophy of preventing the mainstreaming of homosexuality with the minimum limitation on personal liberties for those who choose to live discretely outside the mainstream."

Naturally, with the new standards of morality promoted by the White House, press secretary Jay Carney announced that they are reviewing their relationship with Uganda.

Other countries denounced the bill along the line of human rights reasoning—reasoning that would implicitly allow for any kind of sexual relationship.

Interestingly, opposition leader Kizz Besigye, who finds the new law a waste of resources, considers the international outrage to the law misplaced: "There are more obvious, more prevalent and harmful violations of human rights that are glossed over...their zeal over this matter makes us look at them with cynicism to say the least."