Uganda Bans 38 'Pro-Gay' Agencies

Says NGOs are encouraging kids to be homosexual

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 21, 2012 4:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Uganda plans to kick out 38 nongovernmental organizations over their alleged support for gay rights, say officials there. "Some NGOs, under the pretext of providing social services, are receiving funds to promote homosexuality," its ethics minister says. "We will ask them to step aside and stop pretending to work in human rights." The government holds that the as-yet-unnamed groups are trying to "recruit" kids into homosexuality, which is illegal in Uganda, CNN notes. The US is "resolutely opposed to the bill," says a state department rep, who calls it "inconsistent with Uganda's international human rights obligations" and "a bad, bad precedent in the neighborhood."

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni.   (AP Photo / Stephen Wandera)
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