December 24, 2009
Ugandan President Promises to Veto Antigay Bill
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told the U.S. Department
of State he would work to prevent a proposed antigay bill from becoming law in
his country and he would veto the controversial legislation should it come to
his desk, DC Agenda reports.
The proposed law would make acts of homosexuality punishable
by life imprisonment and even death for “repeat offenders” of homosexual
activities and HIV-positive LGBT people.
According to the article, State Department spokesperson Jon
Tollefson said Museveni gave Johnnie Carson, the U.S. assistant secretary of
state for African affairs, assurances during an October 24 meeting.
“The assistant secretary… expects President Museveni to live
up to his reputation as a leader in the HIV/AIDS struggle in Africa,” Tollefson
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