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Uganda Ethics Minister: homosexual behavior is ‘repugnant’

Homosexual behavior is “repugnant to the lives of the people of Uganda,” Simon Lokodo, the Minister for Ethics and Integrity, told CNN’s Hala Gorani, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday.
A Ugandan bill passed by parliament in December would punish gay and lesbian people with lengthy prison sentences – including, in some cases, life behind bars.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has just signed that bill, according to the minister, but has not yet handed it over to parliament.
“If you want to do your thing, do it yourself,” Lokodo said. “But please, don’t embarrass, don’t involve, don’t bring any Ugandan to this activity, because it’s not acceptable.”
U.S. President Barack Obama in a statement said he was “deeply disappointed” in the law and said that it will be a “step backward for all Ugandans.”
Obama also made a tacit threat to remove the several hundred million dollars in aid that the U.S. gives Uganda annually.
“As we have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda,” he said.
“If Barack Obama likes to help Ugandans,” Lokodo said, “let him help without strings attached, imposing … a behavior and a culture that is non-African, non-Ugandan.”
“We had better die poor than lose our dignity.”

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