Uganda Claims ‘Jail the Gays’ Law Not Meant to Punish Gays

Uganda FlagJuly 7, 2014 – Reported by the Advocate – Responding to increasingly deep cuts in international aid to Uganda after it enacted draconian legislation that prescribes lifelong jail sentences for many LGBT people, the east African nation’s government says the intent of that law has been “misinterpreted.”

The Anti-Homosexuality Act, which passed Uganda’s parliament with broad support last December and was signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni February 24, was implemented “with a view to curbing open promotion of homosexuality, especially among children and other vulnerable groups,” reads a statement from Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs published Monday.

The government contends that international partners that have cut or redirected aid formerly sent to to the Ugandan government — including the U.S., the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and more — in response to the so-called Jail the Gays law, have “misinterpreted [it] as a piece of legislation intended to punish and discriminate against people of a ‘homosexual orientation.'”

via Uganda Claims ‘Jail the Gays’ Law Not Meant to Punish Gays | Advocate.com.

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