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White House ‘opposes’ and is ‘deeply concerned’ over Uganda’s anti-gay bill

White House ‘opposes’ and is ‘deeply concerned’ over Uganda’s anti-gay bill

The Obama administration has released an official statement condemning Uganda’s anti-gay bill.

The bill, which passed Parliament last week, makes it illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

Ugandan gay rights activist Frank Mugisha said to Gay Star News LGBTI people in Uganda ‘believe there is going to be a hunt’.

‘They think it is already law. And they believe they will die,’ he added.

In response to the bill’s passing in Uganda last week, Jonathan Lalley, assistant press secretary for national security at the White House said in a statement: ‘We are deeply concerned by the Ugandan Parliament’s passage of anti-homosexuality legislation.

‘As Americans, we believe that people everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality – and that no one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love.

‘We join those in Uganda and around the world who appeal for respect for the human rights of LGBT persons and of all persons.’

Aaron Jensen, spokesperson for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor also said: ‘The United States respects the sovereignty of Uganda and the prerogatives of its Parliament to pass legislation.

‘Nevertheless, we oppose any legislation that undermines a person’s enjoyment of his or her human rights, and for that reason we condemn legislation that criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adults or criminalizes simply being of a particular sexual orientation or gender identity.

‘We reiterate our long-standing opposition to this bill.’

Shortly after the bill passed on Friday, leaders around the world decried the move, including President Barack Obama who called the bill ‘odius’ and human rights leader Desmond Tutu comparing the anti-gay bill to apartheid.