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Uganda passes bill making homosexuality a criminal act

On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law that criminalizes homosexuality.
On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law that criminalizes homosexuality.
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States across the nation are passing bills legalizing gay marriage, but if you’re even homosexual at all in Uganda, you’re considered a criminal.

On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law that criminalizes homosexuality.

According to CNN, Museveni stated he signed the bill because, “Scientists had determined that there's no gene for homosexuality and that it's merely abnormal behavior.”

Because of the enactment of the law, certain homosexual acts will result in imprisonment, and the bill also makes it extremely difficult for homosexual or gay rights advocates proposing years in prison for anyone who counsels or reaches out to gays and lesbians

Once the bill was enacted, President Obama made a strong statement against the policy and warned that the enacted bill would affect relations between the two nations and described it as a "danger to the gay community" in Uganda.

In an official statement on the White House website, President Obama says the proposal “will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people.”

Homosexuality is illegal in 38 African countries.