Top Obama adviser urges Ugandan president not to sign anti-gay law

WASHINGTON Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:26pm EST

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives for the opening ceremony of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives for the opening ceremony of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 30, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national security adviser urged Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday not to sign an anti-gay law, saying it would be a "huge step backward" for Uganda and the world.

Susan Rice said she had spoken by phone to Museveni on Saturday night after he told members of his party that he would sign the law, which imposes harsh sentences for those convicted of homosexual acts.

Museveni last month had indicated he was planning to shelve the bill, which has attracted fierce criticism from Western donors and human rights groups since its inception in 2009.

"People everywhere deserve freedom, justice, and equality. No one should be discriminated against for who they are or whom they love," Rice said via Twitter.

Rice said she was saddened that the decision "will put many at risk and stain Uganda's reputation." She said she told Museveni the law is a "huge step backward for Uganda and the world."

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Comments (4)
f00 wrote:
Looks like non-whites have a better moral compass than hip, modern whites these days.

Feb 16, 2014 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FRPSR wrote:
How the colour of ones skin measures anything aside from the way light is reflected , is an empty , worthless , style of comparison outside of chromatics , but given an opportunity there will be suitors for the task .
One might as well judge the content of character from a fascination with sugar . Being bent on slander makes discovering equally morbid trivialities as easy as pie . Making profoundly simplistic absurdities with equal precision as a calories to content smear is as easily done as buttering bread . Most things worth doing just don’t have that careless insult to the intelligence that delighted narcissists find so compelling though .
I leave it to the all to happily disposed cynics to discover how moral compasses are trued by a state sanctioned murdering ethic .
Have fun.

Feb 16, 2014 5:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hawkeye19 wrote:
Barack Obama, or whatever his name really is, is a sick and morally rotten individual. Because he in his twisted immoral mind believes something is right or normal, does not make it so. In this case he’s totally wrong. It’s sad that he lied about his Christianity in order to help get elected. But then he’s lied about a lot of things.

Feb 16, 2014 8:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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