President Clinton Calls Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill “Setback to Personal Freedom”
February 16, 2014 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Today President Clinton released a statement in response to Uganda President Museveni’s decision to sign the discriminatory anti-homosexuality bill into law.
“I have been honored to work with and support the government and people of Uganda both when I was president and through the Clinton Foundation,” said Clinton. “But I am strongly opposed to its move to criminalize homosexuality. It is a setback for personal freedom and equal rights and a rebuke to Uganda's own commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. I want to salute and encourage the brave Ugandans committed to the fundamental dignity of all people and urge the government to reverse this decision.”
Under Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law, once known as the “Kill the Gays” bill anyone “promoting” homosexuality could be jailed – potentially for life.
Museveni made the decision to sign the bill after consulting with a panel of “medical experts.” The co-chair of that panel has publicly claimed that being gay “is just deviant behavior. It can be learned, and it can be unlearned.”
In his announcement to sign the bill, President Museveni declared a “war with the homosexual lobby.”