Monday, February 24, 2014

Uganda president signs anti-gay law

Reversing previously hopeful signs that he might not sign Uganda's anti-gay law, President Yoweir Msueveni signed the controversial bill into law today, and indicated that he would not allow Uganda to fall under"western values", CNN link here.

Museveni was quoted as saying, "If you don't agree with us, just keep quiet.  If we are wrong, we shall find out by ourselves."  Rather clever,

It's hard to say whether Nigeria's or Uganda's law is worse.  Uganda criminalizes failure to report homosexuality, even by family members.  And Nigeria criminalizes trying to associate socially with other homosexuals.

Both countries seem to be reacting with "anti-colonialism".  But many observers claim that fundamentalist American pastors deliberately spread anti-gay unrest in Uganda.

It's still interesting that the publicity over the success of the legal battle for gay marriage especially in the United States seems to stoke unrest in authoritarian countries, or at least give leaders the idea that they can try scapegoating.  

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