Uganda president against gay law

AP

President Yoweri Museveni opposes an anti-gay bill passed by lawmakers that calls for life imprisonment for gays, even as he characterizes homosexuals as “abnormal” people who should be rehabilitated, according to excerpts of his letter to the speaker of parliament.

Museveni’s opposition to the bill comes despite pressure from evangelicals as well as from lawmakers within his own party.

But Frank Mugisha, a prominent Ugandan gay activist, said gays are not celebrating the president’s words that were published Friday in Kampala’s Daily Monitor newspaper, noting his characterization of gays “creates more hatred” of them.

In his letter to parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, written days after lawmakers passed the bill by acclamation in December, Museveni called for the bill to be revised and wondered what to do “with an abnormal person? Do we kill him/her? Do we imprison him/her? Or we do contain him/her?”

Museveni had previously warned of serious consequences for Uganda’s foreign relations if a bill proposing severe punishment for gays was passed.