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Report: Ugandan law blocked by Museveni

Fri 17 Jan 2014 In: International News

President Museveni A Ugandan media outlet is reporting Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has blocked the nation's anti-gay legislation, while describing gay people as "abnormal" beings who can be "rescued" through improving the nation's economy. The Daily Monitor reports he's written a lengthy letter to the Speaker and MPs accusing them of passing the legislation without the quorum of Parliament, breaching the law and the African nation's constitution. He also goes on a lengthy rant full of evidence-less opinions, describing gay people as abnormal "because the normal person was created to be attracted to the opposite sex in order to procreate and perpetuate the human race". He adds, once more without any facts: "You cannot call an abnormality an alternative orientation. It could be that the Western societies, on account of random breeding, have generated many abnormal people." Museveni's opinion on gay people extends to the claim that some people "become homosexual for mercenary reasons" and some lesbians sleep with other women because of "sexual starvation" when they fail to get married. He believes the answer lies in the economy, saying delaying government projects which create jobs is exposing unemployed youth or "impecunious students" to the risks of homosexuality and other temptations. “Even with legislation, they will simply go underground and continue practicing homosexuality or lesbianism for mercenary reasons,” he said. The President says he would support a lifetime jail sentence for anyone who "lures normal youth into these disgusting behaviours" and claims his caucus will find "a scientifically correct position" on the proposed anti-gay legislation.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 17th January 2014 - 4:54pm

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