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Ugandan President defends anti-gay bill with ‘scientific’ report

President Yoweri Museveni claims the anti-gay bill is justified after observations from so-called experts are published
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has defended his choice to sign anti-gay bill into law

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has defended his choice to sign the anti-gay bill into law by quoting supposed scientific evidence as his excuse.

Ugandan news website Chimp Reports says that Museveni spoke to a cheering crowd at a National Resistance Movement (NRM) retreat on Friday (14 February) about his choice to make the anti-gay bill law.

‘In my role as a strategist and a responsible leader for our country, there is no debate regarding the promotion of homosexuality’ he said.

‘Anybody who is promoting homosexuality we must stop him… this must be stopped by law and harshly. Secondly I do not accept those who become homosexuals for mercenary reasons, thirdly, I cannot accept exhibitionalism of homosexual behaviour that must be stopped and stopped harshly.

The Ugandan President previously stated he would wait for scientific evidence before signing the bill, and he now believes the report gives him the green light to do so.

‘What is important for us is the authoritative statement of those who are charged with the medical affairs of Uganda at this time because they are the ones who are historically responsible. The question I put to them was, are there people born like this? Now they are saying they are no such people’ he added.

‘And if they put it in writing… because this is a historical document…that the one who was running Uganda at that time got worried, asked the experts what did they say about this and this is what they said….then my work is finished.’

A release of the conclusions that several scientists came to can be viewed publicly.

One of the observations states: ‘Homosexuality is not a disease but merely an abnormal behavior which may be learned through experiences in life.’

However, many groups have challenged these findings of the report on homosexuality.

The World Health Organization, the British Psychological Society, the American Psychiatric Association and many more have upheld that homosexuality is inherent and cannot be changed.

According to the horrific bill, a person can face 14 years in jail for homosexual acts and life imprisonment for ‘aggravated homosexuality.’
 

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The interesting tidbit I read in the article is the Uganda President uses the conclusions of the "expert" committee as his justification for signing this discriminatory bill. He is relying upon their "...authoritative statement...", for which THEY will be "...historically responsible." He mistakenly thinks HE will not be seen as being responsible or the general population of Uganda being responsible, but the selected committee members who are responsible for the medical affairs of Uganda. So if there are negative backlashes from his signing this bill, the committee will be responsible, not he who signed the bill. IMO he appears to be taking the cowardly position that he does not perceive himself to be responsible for whatever happens to the Uganda LGBTI community/allies or those of the international LGBTI community/allies who visit there. He is abdicating that responsibility to the committee. He better think again because history will record him as the one who effected this heinous law by affixing his signature to it. The committee will be forgotten, their conclusions assigned to the waste bin, and his name remembered as a anti-human rights, anti-LGBTI politician who looks to what is the most expedient, vote getting position he can take to assure his remaining in power.