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Ugandan President: Being gay not a right

February 25th, 2014
03:43 PM ET

Uganda's president has signed sweeping anti-gay legislation, introducing life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality." Anyone who counsels or provides services to LGBT people would also face prison time, a provision that ensnares rights groups currently operating in the country.

CNN's Zain Verjee spoke exclusively to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni about his motivations for introducing the new law.

During the interview, Museveni said that he is "acting on behalf of society."  His motivation for stepping up the country’s existing anti-gay legislation came as a result of Ugandan scientists producing a report finding no genetic link to homosexuality. "Once you argue that it is a question of choice, then really you have lost the argument,” Museveni said.

In reaction to the bill's condemnation from Western governments and human rights groups, he responded: " They are not going to make our people budge.”  Museveni went on to say: “If you don't agree, you just keep quiet.  If we are wrong, we shall find out by ourselves."

Zain asked Museveni whether he personally dislikes homosexuals.  “Of course,” Museveni said.  “They are disgusting."

Text: Uganda's President Museveni signs controversial anti-gay bill into law

Text: Ugandan tabloid prints list of 'homosexuals'

 

 


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