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Uganda to Imprison Gays for Life

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KAMPALA, Uganda - President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda signed a controversial bill into law today that would prescribe life in prison for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people. Under this new law, it would also criminalize the support for gay rights and anyone who fails to report gay people to the authorities.

Originally, this law required the execution of gay people, however Uganda reduced the punishment to life in prison after a global backlash.

Just hours after signing the bill, President Museveni said "They are disgusting. What sort of people are they? I never knew what they were doing. I’ve been told recently that what they do is terrible. Disgusting."

President Obama slammed Uganda today citing it will "complicate" our relationship with the country and "This law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people."

Susan Rice, the United State's National Security Adviser also spoke out today saying “Nobody should be discriminated against or punished for who they are or whom they love. Sad day for Uganda and the world.”

Canada, a county that gives full equality to LGBT people and allows gay people that are persecuted in Russia to seek refuge in their country has spoke out as well saying "The international community must do all that we can to stand in solidarity with those fighting to uphold their human rights.”

Much of the money that was used to fund this specific piece of legislation, and similar bills around the world are donated by Chick-fil-a and the National Organization for Marriage.

Uganda now joins the 84 other countries that criminalize homosexuality, many of which also prescribe life in prison for homosexuals. There are seven countries that execute gay people.