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    Uganda Prez Refuses Anti-Gay Bill

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni reacts during a news conference at the Nakasero State Lodge in the capital Kampala, October 16, 2011. Museveni said, the U.S. contribution of 100 Special Forces to deal with LRA is not meant for combat but rather liaison and support in the area of intelligence and Uganda can never allow combat forces of a foreign country  as it will be a vote of no confidence to her army. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu (UGANDA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR2SPZ9

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    In a small victory for gay rights in Africa, the president of Uganda says he will not sign a new anti-gay bill, “Unless I have got confirmation from scientists that this condition is not genetic, but a behavior that is acquired.” Yoweri Museveni first refused to sign the bill, which would impose lifetime prison sentences on homosexuals, earlier this month. Still, Museveni is far from an ally of the gay community. He said he would support a bill with life sentences for those who “promote, abate, recruit and support homosexuality” and that gay people are “abnormal.”


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