Friday, February 14, 2014

Ugandan president to sign anti-gay persecution bill

This is AWFUL. From Buzzfeed:

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has decided to sign a law imposing up to a lifetime jail sentence for homosexuality, announced government spokesman Ofwono Opondo via Twitter on Friday. NRM caucus spokeswoman Evelyn Anite confirmed Opondo’s announcement to BuzzFeed.

 . . . Museveni made his announcement during a retreat with members of his party, the National Resistance Movement, which has primarily focused on the party’s leadership as it prepares for elections in 2016. Museveni had been facing stiff pressure from his colleagues to accept the bill. The deciding factor may have been that a panel of party members with medical backgrounds Museveni convened to study the cause of homosexuality presented a report concluding homosexuality is not an inborn trait. Museveni had told lawmakers he would sign the bill if “I have got confirmation from scientists that this condition is not genetic.”

The committee co-chairman Chris Baryomunsi told BuzzFeed on Thursday, “Speaking as a medical doctor … homosexuality is just deviant behavior. It can be learned, and it can be unlearned.”

There is a tweet which underscores Museveni's claim about the "medical experts"

I want to see this report and also want to know just what information was used. If there was truly a report and if anything in that mess includes American anti-gay group citations then it is ON as far as I am concerned on this blog when it comes to the religious right.


Erica Cook said...

He was sent a paper co-written by over 100 medical professionals around the world showing that all science leans to homosexuality being a inborn trait. It was sent to him a week ago. I don't have it here, but I do at home. I can send it on to you.

BlackTsunami said...

Erica, please send it to me when u can. I may even look for it myself.

Erica Cook said...

Well, I have it, but I don't know how to get it to you, I tried sharing it here, but it was too long. Do you have some place I could send you a file?

Erica Cook said...

Okay, I either just sent it to your FB page or there's a guy who looks a lot like you who's going to be very confused when he checks his FB messages.

Greg said...

I do have a link to that. It was over 200.

Over 200 Scientists and Mental Health Professionals Respond to President Museveni Regarding Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

February 13, 2014 By Warren Throckmorton