Anti-Gay Law Is Costing Uganda
US cuts aid, imposes visa restrictions, and more
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2014 10:01 AM CDT
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, in Entebbe, Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)

(Newser) – Uganda's harsh new anti-gay law—which makes "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by life in prison—is costing the country: The US yesterday cut aid to Uganda over it, and didn't stop there. It slapped visa restrictions on Ugandans believed by the US to have been involved in human rights violations or corruption, the AP reports; a planned National Institutes of Health meeting will be moved from Uganda to South Africa; and a planned military exercise with Uganda has been axed. Among the aid cuts: $2.4 million that was meant to fund a Ugandan community policing program has been halted, and $3 million planned to fund a national public health institute will be reallocated to another unnamed African country.

The moves "reinforce our support for human rights of all Ugandans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity," the White House said in a statement, according to Reuters. But a government spokesperson in Uganda was unswayed: "Uganda is a sovereign country and can never bow to anybody or be blackmailed by anybody on a decision it took in its interests, even if it involves threats to cut off all financial assistance," he says. And Uganda has experienced more than threats: Before yesterday's announcement it had already seen $118 million in aid from Western donors pulled. The US will continue its involvement in the hunt for Joseph Kony, CNN notes.

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Veritas
Jun 21, 2014 2:17 PM CDT
If homosexuals would stay in the closet with there behavior (like they use to do in the US) there wouldn't be a problem they bring this problem on themselves.
Tru2form
Jun 21, 2014 11:25 AM CDT
Uganda struggles mightily to combat the AIDS epidemic. Reining in CONDUCT that is the primary spread of this scourge may be inconvenient for some adherent few however it is best for Ugandan people as a nation. I commend the Ugandan President for not allowing his nation to be bullied by outsiders from the perverted West.
homer1057
Jun 21, 2014 7:55 AM CDT
How can anyone, anywhere NOT "SEE" that two men or two women, engaging in flesh to flesh produces NOTHING! NO offspring and ONLY disease! A male and a male pipe do not go together! two female extension cords do not go together! Two male lions do NOT mate and two female rino's do not mate! Nature itself teaches that homosexuality is as rotten as an egg sitting in the summer sun for weeks! History itself proves this sin is against God and against a man/woman! Does anyone remember "SODOM" and "GOMMORAH"? God bless Uganda for thier stand!