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Obama, Rice React To Revelation Uganda’s President Will Sign Anti-Gay Bill

News outlets report on U.S. officials’ reactions to an announcement by a Ugandan official that the country’s president plans to sign an anti-gay bill.

Associated Press: Obama: Anti-gay bill step backward for Ugandans
“President Barack Obama warned Uganda Sunday over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would ‘complicate our valued relationship.’ … Susan Rice, the U.S. national security adviser, said Sunday on Twitter that she spoke ‘at length’ with Museveni on Saturday night and urged him not to sign the bill. The United States is Uganda’s largest donor, sending more than $400 million in aid annually in recent years. If Museveni signs the bill, the U.S. is expected to review its relationship with the country with an eye on finding ways to register disappointment over the law…” (Superville, 2/16).

Associated Press: Official: Ugandan leader to sign anti-gay bill
“An official says Uganda’s president plans to sign into law an anti-gay bill passed by lawmakers that would allow life imprisonment for gays. Ofwono Opondo, a government spokesman, said in Twitter posts Friday that President Yoweri Museveni told lawmakers that he would do that after receiving a report from ‘medical experts’ saying ‘homosexuality is not genetic but a social behavior.’ Opondo did not say when the signing would happen…” (2/14).

Reuters: Museveni says he plans to sign anti-gay law after all
“Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Friday he would sign a controversial anti-gay bill into law, warning that those who promoted homosexuality would be dealt with harshly. Museveni last month indicated he was planning to shelve the bill, which has attracted fierce criticism from Western donors and human rights groups since its inception in 2009…” (Jorgic, 2/14).

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