President Barack Obama has warned Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
His spokesman says Mr Museveni has changed his mind, after a report was compiled claiming “that homosexuality is not a genetic but a social behaviour”.
In a statement on Sunday, President Obama said signing the bill would “complicate our valued relationship” and will mark a “step backward” for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on the country’s commitment to protect the human rights of its people.
“That is why I am so deeply disappointed that Uganda will shortly enact legislation that would criminalise homosexuality,” President Obama said in a written statement issued from Southern California.
“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda. It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. It also will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights.
“Enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda,” he said.