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Thursday 17 April 2014

Uganda to approve anti-gay laws

Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni is to sign an anti-gay bill that would allow life imprisonment for gays

Uganda's president plans to sign into law an anti-gay bill passed by politicians that would allow life imprisonment for gays.

Ofwono Opondo, a government spokesman, said in Twitter posts today that President Yoweri Museveni told politicians that he would do that after receiving a report from "medical experts" saying "homosexuality is not genetic but a social behaviour".

Mr Opondo did not say when the signing would happen.

Mr Museveni previously had opposed the bill, saying it is too harsh. Homosexuality, which Mr Museveni has called abnormal, is a crime in Uganda.

The bill, approved by parliament in December, would legalise life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.

Rights groups have called the bill draconian. Supporters, including Christian clerics, have said the law is needed to protect Ugandan children from Western homosexuals.

AP

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