Three American Christians are responsible for Uganda's infamous anti-gay laws. Find out how these 3 convinced the country to change their laws.
Uganda is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa. Since its independence from Great Britain in 1962, Uganda has dealt with its ups and downs and a few conflicts and controversies.
One of the most recent controversies are the country’s views on homosexuality. In 2009, homosexuality became illegal in Uganda.
If a person was caught having sexual relations with someone of the same gender, they would be arrested.
The punishment for this crime was a prison term of up to 14 years. The reason it is even illegal is interesting.
A two day press conference was held in Uganda regarding homosexuality. Three Americans attended the conference and they shared their extreme Christian views with the people of Uganda.
They were able to convince them that homosexuality was a direct threat to the bonds and unity of African families, which is a strong value for them. On December 20th 2013, a new law was passed called,
The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014. Western news outlets referred to it as the “Kill the Gays Bill”.
They called it this because in its early stages, the bill stated that the punishment for being involved with a homosexual would be death.
When the bill got signed into a law on February 24th 2014, they had lessened the punishment. Any person who engages in a homosexual act, knows of any homosexuals, or supports any LGBT person will now be sentenced to prison for life! Furthermore, this includes any Ugandans that are not even in the country.
If you are caught doing any of these things, you will be extradited back and will receive life in prison.