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U.S. Takes A Stance Against Homophobic Laws In Uganda

Sara Newman |
June 21, 2014 | 9:39 a.m. PDT

Deputy Editor

Ugandans continue to fight for sexual freedom despite oppressive Anti-Homosexuality law (Twitpic/Manifest)
Ugandans continue to fight for sexual freedom despite oppressive Anti-Homosexuality law (Twitpic/Manifest)
While Americans are rapidly coming to accept same sex marriage (even the Presbyterian Church now approves of it) incredibly conservative attitudes towards sexuality remain in place throughout much of the world. 

On Thursday, however, the United States took a stance against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, that threatens Ugandans with lengthy prison sentences for any same-sex relations, domestically or aboard.

The White House cut aid to Uganda, implemented visa restrictions and canceled a regional military exercise in order to "reinforce our support for human rights of all Ugandans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

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The hotly-contested law imposes life-long prison sentences for homosexual sex with a minor or while HIV-positive, makes it a illegal to help others engage in homosexual acts and criminalizes lesbianism for the first time. 

"We think it is simply a blackmail,” said Ugandan governmental spokesman, Ofwono Opondo. “We have said it before, homosexuality is not a fundamental human right. In our own constitution, it is not guaranteed as a fundamental right.”

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