US: 'abhorrent' Uganda gay law marks a 'sad day'

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs the Anti-Homosexuality Bill on February 24, 2014 in EntebbeThe United States said Monday that the signing of an “abhorrent” anti-gay law by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni marked a “sad day” for his country and the world. Museveni signed the bill despite warnings from Washington that he was putting US relations with Kampala at risk and amid fears that aid donors could also react badly. “Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney in a statement. “As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS.”

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