Watch: Lawmakers Cheer As Ugandan President Declares War on Homosexuals
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
February 17 2014 2:28 PM ET
Apparently the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, wasn't coming around to our side when he admonished his Parliament last year for passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill without the required quorum and inferred that he would not sign it, reports David Badash in The New Civil Rights Movement. At his national party retreat last week, Museveni told lawmakers that he will sign the bill, adding, “We shall have a war with the homosexual lobby, in the world, backed by these people and you.”
Captured on video, that line caught the crowd's attention as they all stood to applaud and cheer Museveni's declaration of war, which TV personality Piers Morgan has aptly dubbed “gay apartheid.”
According to Badash, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill "mandates jail sentences — including life in prison — for those accused of having sex with members of their own gender, and for those who know LGBT people but do not report them to authorities. Jail is also mandated for those who support LGBT civil rights and the LGBT community."
Previously Uganda's president had said he wouldn't sign the bill unless scientists could confirm for him that homosexuality was not genetic or biological, but a deviant behavior. Apparently they did.
If you have trouble viewing the video (above), see it on YouTube.com.
- Op-ed: What People Don't Get About Dismay Over Jared Leto
- WATCH: Gay Man's Grandfather Came Out to Him at 90 Years Old
- Pet Shop Boys Remix Irish Drag Queen's Powerful Speech Against Homophobia
- Looking Back: Where Things Stand Heading Into Season 2
- The A-List Interview: Chris O'Dowd
- Op-ed: In Boston, an Ugly St. Patrick's Day Tradition Continues
- Parenting Ubbas: The Golden Shower Toy 19 min 39 sec ago
- Russia WATCH: Moscow LGBT Demonstrators Attacked 22 min 10 sec ago
- Women WATCH: Lost Girl's Zoie Palmer Thanks Female Partner at Canadian Film Awards 34 min 44 sec ago
- Music Pet Shop Boys Remix Irish Drag Queen's Powerful Speech Against Homophobia 38 min 31 sec ago
- Religion Op-ed: In Boston, an Ugly St. Patrick's Day Tradition Continues 40 min 25 sec ago
- Theater PHOTOS: Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons 1 hour 27 min ago
- Religion Pope Francis: One Year In, Door Slightly Ajar for LGBTs 1 hour 41 min ago