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Ugandan President Set to Sign Anti-Gay Law

Photo: Uganda Media Centre
President Museveni signs the Anti Homosexuality Bill into law.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected Monday to sign a law criminalizing homosexuality.

The country's parliament passed the measure in December, with lays out a 14-year sentence for first-time offenders and life in prison for those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality."

The original bill called for the death penalty in some cases, but that was dropped as Western nations and rights groups criticized what they say is a discriminatory effort.

President Barack Obama said earlier this month he was "deeply disappointed" with the law and that it will "reflect poorly" on Uganda's commitment to its citizens' human rights.

He said the United States has told Museveni that enacting the measure will complicate the relationship between the countries.

Homosexuality is illegal in 37 African nations and a taboo subject across many parts of the continent. Activists say few Africans are able to be openly gay.

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