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Barack Obama Condemns Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law, says it is a step Backwards

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Valentine’s Day – Friday 14th February 2014 revealed to members of his party that he would sign a bill imposing harsh sentences for homosexual acts, which may include life sentences.

The bill will aid in criminalizing homosexual relations. After the first conviction, offenders face a 14-year jail term, whereby more convictions may lead to life penalty in prison.

A 2009 version of the bill was withdrawn after public outcry of the death penalty.

Today Sunday 16th February 2014, President Barack Obama condemned the law.
As we have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda. The bill will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda.

It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people.” he said in a statement.

Obama also spoke on countries where the bill has been legalized. “Tragically, we are seeing an increase in reports of violence and harassment targeting members of the LGBT community from Russia to Nigeria.”

32 Comments

  1. Chigbo

    February 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I guess he’s also indirectly saying the same thing to the Nigerian government as well

  2. Nystyle

    February 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Whatever barrack! That’s why the US is filthy and stinks of so much evil..

    • Cancel Reply

      February 16, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      …and our religious and moral superiority has led us where? Your mentality is why Africa is filthy and has so much evil.

    • e-bukun

      February 17, 2014 at 6:46 am

      And Nigeria is so pure? Isn’t the new law giving people license to perpetrate more evil? Please get off your eye horse and stop sounding so gosh darn sanctimonious. God doesn’t help those who think they’re too good too be helped.

    • e-bukun

      February 17, 2014 at 6:47 am

      *high

  3. hmmm

    February 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    i’m not in support of two same sex be in a relationship especially guys…but then again,what’s our business if two people decide to sleep with each other ?they should ban any display of affection in public and leave these people alone.to me it feels like saying they’ll jail anybody that wants to go school.

  4. Oyinlola

    February 16, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    yep and increasingly occultic- God help us

  5. Tee

    February 17, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Obama werrin be ur own now.Save all that speech/sermon for Branson,tell him to stop all his biz in UAE and middleast as a whole.Hypocrites!!!!!! Have you guys heard,Heaven is no longer a narrow road. If you’re interested just strive to get US visa and trust me u are in American heaven.A country where ppl who choke on cocaine make heaven,where good is bad and bad makes u an overnight celebrity.Obama biko leave Africa alone,we have better issues to attend to,to promote human right of our ppl and Gay bill isn’t one of dem

  6. Poison Ivy

    February 17, 2014 at 12:20 am

    “Complicate our valued relationship with uganda”…….Yeah right BULLIES(a way of saying”Hope you guys can survive without us once the law is enacted)
    Step aside Mr obama if the people of uganda aint cool with the bill,they can voice it out or remain mute just like many gay lovers in nigeria who did absolutely nothing but decided to indulge themselves “In Medicine after death remedy”#ihatebullies#
    P.S;My opinion,you’ve got us

  7. Tamara tombra

    February 17, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Obama needs to stop poking his face in developing nations policies and legislation that are truly irrelevant in the grand scheme of things
    I don’t see him condemning Ugandas dictatorial regime, I don’t see himfrowning at Ugandas political repression with Museveni wielding power for over 2 decades so surely a gay law been passed shouldnt be news worthy. Obama should rather be propagating democracy, free and fair elections , accountability and lack of political repression as opposed to all these anti gay mombo jombo

  8. SpeakNoEvil

    February 17, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Barack Obama is right. This law is not just a step backwards. It is a giant leap backwards to the dark ages where intolerance and hate abound. What will it take for us, Africans (Nigerians in particular), to realize that the last place someone would willingly “choose” to be gay is in Nigeria because the level of intolerance/hate gays experience in Nigeria all but guarantees that being gay equals a death sentence. We cannot legislate our morality and then expect other people to abide by it. If consenting adults believe that the best place they can find love is with people of the same sex, who are we to criminalize that? So long as these people are not hurting any vulnerable member of our society, then it is really none of our business what they do in the bedroom These anti-gay laws are inhumane.
    Besides, Africa (Nigeria in particular) has a lot of pressing matters like corruption, insecurity, healthcare, power supply, adequate infrastructure, etc to worry about, so what two adults do in their private bedroom should really be the least of anyone’s worries.
    If the law makers are so eager to pass laws, here are a few suggestions: the death penalty for any public official found guilty of embezzlement, the death penalty for anyone (Senator Yerima) that marries a girl below 18 regardless of what his religion says, life imprisonment for any public official that travels or sends his/her family abroad for medical care while there are hospitals in Nigeria, and life imprisonment for any public official that sends his/her children to school abroad while ASUU is continually on strike. These should be enough for starters and we can add more as we go along.
    Let us all live and let live.

  9. Mama Mia!!!

    February 17, 2014 at 1:00 am

    And he obviously left out Nigeria and the Middle east because? Let me see, hmmmm, OIL!!! cant hate on Obama tho I’ll always admire him…

  10. kokie

    February 17, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Keep it in the your own country

  11. DJ STELCH

    February 17, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Obama your rantings are now unbecomming, why dont you just tender your ASS for Ungandan President, i think he might change the bill after his done with you..

    ¤¤AWA O TUSH OH¤¤

  12. I send small

    February 17, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Many American dignitaries are always saying God bless America but how can God bless such a Godless America? Please, leave us in Africa to deal with our problems in our own way and at our own pace. This intafofo of the so-called first world countries in matters that don’t concern them, needs to stop. We don’t need the added pressure–it’s unnecessary, uncalled for and unwelcome. If any interference should be welcome it should be the type in which Obama goes up to the podium and addresses Uganda, telling her how to eradicate poverty, how to attain and maintain sustainable economic and environmental development, how to have better internet connectivity, how the USA (which is so concerned in her issues) wants to collaborate with the city councils in Uganda to bring better roads to the country, to reduce famine, to help provide better her healthcare but until that is the topic of the day, abeg make we hear word. They don’t really care about us.

    • Olori Tari

      February 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Rightttttt….such a ‘Godless America’. We know where the ‘Godfull Nigeria’ is today. And with this your first sentence, what is the meaning of bless again ?

    • e-bukun

      February 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      And you are God to know right? Exodus 33:19″…I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
      You are NOT God, you don’t get to choose. If you’re a christian you love on others not spew hateful words out of the same mouth you then use to go and worship God, Haba.

  13. Sexxie

    February 17, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Says the President of the World! Why does the US think their opinion matter in other country’s decisions?

  14. Sexxie

    February 17, 2014 at 7:12 am

    *countries*

  15. ALEXA

    February 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Obama stop bullying Uganda, what about the other countries that are anti gay……tis fine for adults to do whatever they want in their beds but not to drag little children into it. Isn’t it an infringement on one’s right if you are forced into homosexuality??? I have no quarrel for those who do it willingly for whatever reasons but think about the little children who have been maimed for life both mentally and physically cos of it. Am sure no true parent out there would wish it on their child. Let each country do whatever it feels is right according to their traditions and norms. Polygamy is practiced in Africa whereas it is frowned upon let alone being illegal in the western world and it is normal for an American in California to wed his beloved dog which I cant say can happen in the near future in Africa

    • allis

      February 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

      why then isnt heterosexuality banned too…because straight men raped children too…..ur argument makes no sense…take a seat all the way in the back,..in fact take several seats and shut the mouth….

  16. Omo1

    February 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Please Obama should take several seats abeg..I’m dead done commenting on anything gay,anti gay..or whatever..in the end everyone will answer for themselves!

  17. Cool cat

    February 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I laff in pidgin. I bet people don’t know the huge impact America and other eu countries have in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Any meaningful development is funded by the western world. Leave your leaders and we will be commuting in boats or by foot and with no shoes.

  18. Chum chum

    February 17, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Brother Obama abeg face your work o.

  19. Annonymous

    February 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Obama please you cant bully us, go and mind your business. Mscheeeeew

  20. hmm

    February 17, 2014 at 11:33 am

    this is what i am saying they have the right to tell Africans how to rule their country. or whether or not something is the right step. But why cant they tell the middle eastern people what to do. its all about where you put yourself for people to see you. in a way African countries are tied in chains being pulled here and there. but we are finally doing what we want to do whether the westerners like it or not.

  21. hmm

    February 17, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Russia has anti gay laws yet they still let their athletes go and compete.

  22. BeTrue

    February 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Do not be impacted by the kingdom of this world – thier god is satan. at the heart of the 7 mountains of influence (arts, media. entertainment, education, economy etc), there is an anti-christ agenda and anti-christ kingom. The truth will set you free.

    • Fountain of Paper

      February 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Lol You’re on one of the mountains of influence right now dontchya think? Toss your mobile phone into the bin and CAST +BIND all the evil that comes from the internet.

      Selah!

  23. Me Full Ground

    February 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    @BeTrue, kudos to you. @ Fountain of Paper, the 7 mountains of influence are God’s creation being perverted by satan. Satan is not capable of creating anything, his own is pervert and destroy. Forget the human rights “garment” being used to cover the “filthy homosexual garbage” being served to the world by satan and his agents.

  24. Abisoye Amosu

    February 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Really why force oda countries to accept your belief dis is not colonialism now since they can’t take our own traditions and culture they should not make us do what they want and in as much as our law and culture is against it then they should keep quiet

  25. jeffry

    February 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    we rather die poor than trade our ass, i sympathize with gays because i rate them as mentally sick people. some advocate for gays and yet they have wives and children

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